GOLDEN – NFCA preseason No. 14 Texas Woman's took advantage of eight walks and four errors to hand Colorado School of Mines softball a 10-0, five-inning defeat Saturday in the teams' fourth game of the 5th Annual Desert Stinger Tournament in Las Vegas.
Texas Woman's (7-2), the reigning Lone State Conference regular season and tournament champions, opened with seven runs on five hits in the first two innings, including a five-run second, before adding three in the bottom of the fourth.
Mines (0-4) generated seven singles off Pioneer starter Brandie Lander, but could not find the timely hit, stranding nine runners, including two in each of the final three frames.
Junior Cassie Ford continued her hot start to the season, going 2-for-3 for her third straight multi-hit game. Through four games, Ford is batting .727 (8-for-11) with two RBI and a 1.091 slugging percentage.
Freshman Angela Eickelman (0-1) suffered the setback in her first start, throwing 1.2 innings with seven earned runs allowed on five hits and four walks, while striking out two.
The Orediggers conclude the tourney at 12:30 p.m. (MST) Sunday versus No. 4 Humboldt State at Majestic Park.