LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior Sami Springer and junior Cassie Ford each recorded their first home runs of the season; however, Colorado School of Mines softball failed to rally from an early deficit, falling 13-5 in five innings to Western Washington on Saturday at the 5th Annual Desert Stinger Tournament.
Following a four-run first by the Vikings, Mines (0-3) answered with three in the bottom of the inning as Springer smacked a two-run homer to center, scoring senior Morgan Anderson, and Ford connected on a one-out, solo shot to right.
WWU (5-2) tacked on two in the second and six more in the third for a nine-run advantage.
Seniors Melissa Marshall and Courtney Derus came home on a fielding error in the third to bring the Orediggers within 12-5. The Vikings added one in the fourth and limited Mines to only an infield single in its final two at-bats to take the shortened contest.
Ford had her second straight multi-hit effort, finishing 2-for-3 with the one RBI and run scored. Freshman Paige Noehring was 2-for-3 in the leadoff position, recording her first collegiate hit on a single through the left side to open the first inning.
Sophomore Kristen Prudhomme (0-3) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on four hits and one walk in 1.0 innings.