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Bats Come Alive In Sixth To Lift Mines Past Mustangs, 9-5

GOLDEN – Aided by four hits and three errors, Colorado School of Mines softball sent five runs across in the sixth inning to secure a 9-5 win in Sunday's opener against Southwest Minnesota State at CSM Softball Field.

Even at 4-4, Mines (3-5) took advantage of the extra outs in the sixth inning at-bat with four of its seven hits in the game.

Senior Courtney Derus doubled home classmate Sami Springer; senior Gianna Duncan lined a RBI single through the middle, and freshman Jennifer Tippetts sliced a two-run single to right center. Tippetts later took second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Elise Dugwyler and scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.

SMSU (0-3) added one on a RBI double to left in the seventh, but the rally was short-lived as sophomore Kristen Prudhomme (3-4) induced consecutive groundball outs for her first career complete game win.

Derus finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, tying the game at 2-2 with her team-leading second long ball on a deep, two-run blast to left center with no outs in the second.

Tippetts was 1-for-3 with the two RBI, while Duncan and junior Cassie Ford each went 1-for-2 with one RBI, one run and a walk. Ford followed a sacrifice fly by Springer with a run-scoring single through the right side in the Orediggers' two-run third inning.

Prudhomme posted a line of five earned runs allowed on 11 hits and one walk with four strikeouts in the 7.0 innings, throwing 58 of her 95 pitches for strikes.

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