GOLDEN – Colorado School of Mines softball churned out a season-best 17 hits, plating runs in each of the first five frames Sunday against Southwest Minnesota State, including two or more four times to take the four-game home-opening weekend sweep at CSM Softball Field in Golden.
Seven Orediggers recorded multi-hit efforts, led by senior Sami Springer who closed the series 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-high five RBI. Springer ripped a two-run single through the left side in the fourth as part of six consecutive base hits by Mines and drove a bases-clearing, three-run triple to the wall in right in the fifth.
Senior Courtney Derus had her third straight two-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a two RBI double to left in the first, one run and a walk.
Freshman Paige Noehring was 2-for-5 with a RBI triple and run scored in the second.
Inching up the record book, junior Cassie Ford ran her career-best hitting streak to 11 straight – tied for fifth-longest in team archives – with a 2-for-3 outing and one RBI. Ford has six games of two hits or more this season, carrying a .640 (16-for-25) average with a .679 on-base percentage and .840 slugging mark.
Seniors Melissa Marshall and Gianna Duncan each finished 1-for-4 with one RBI, and freshmen Jennifer Tippetts and Kara Walling combined to go 4-of-7 with five runs on respective lines of 2-for-3 and 2-for-4.
Sophomore Kristen Prudhomme evened her season record at 4-4 with her fourth win of the series, scattering seven hits in 4.0 innings of relief with only two earned runs and two walks allowed.
The 17 hits were the most since the women totaled 19 in a 10-0 shutout at Regis on May 1, 2010.
Mines begins RMAC play on the road next weekend, taking on Chadron State and UC-Colorado Springs Feb. 22-23 in a three-team pod at CSC Softball Field in Chadron, Neb. The Orediggers open with the host Eagles at 10 a.m. on Saturday.