Metro blows out Ore Diggers

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Posted Fri, Apr 9, 2010

Metro State Picther Christie Robinson winds up for a pitch against Colorado School of Mines Friday, April 2 at CSM Softball Field in Golden. Metro downed CSM 10-1.

GOLDEN, COLO. – As a 30 mile per hour wind swept across the CSM softball field Friday, April 2, it did not blow out Metro States 5-game winning streak. Instead, it added wind to their sails.

The Roadrunners, ranked No. 10, were 19-2 coming into Friday’s game against Colorado School of Mines and were looking for more wins against their RMAC Ore Digger rivals.

In game one, the Roadrunners starting pitcher Christie Robinson gave up only five hits in as many innings with giving up one run as she breezed through the Ore Digger line-up inning after inning. On the other hand, former Metro State Roadrunner turned Ore Digger Libby Balogh, was beaten up on for 10 runs on 14 hits from a plethora of hits from the Roadrunner team.

Metro earned its first run in the top of the first inning from third baseman Tara Mickelson with a single to left scoring Kelly Nishikida. Then, in the third inning, the Roadrunners came up big with four runs. After Nishikida hit a single to the shortstop and Sarah Rusch walked, Tara Mickelson doubled to center field to drive Nishikida home and advance Rusch to third. Jessica Haab singled to left field, which scored Rusch and eventually Mickelson after a throwing error by the first baseman trying to get Haab from advancing to second. Haab then scored off a Jennessa Tesone single to right field to make the score 5-0.

However, the Ore Diggers did add one run in the bottom of the fourth to make it interesting off a throwing error by second baseman Sara Rusch. With runners Sarah Van Lingen on third and Lauren Aberle on first, Mines catcher Dani Nagler cracked a shot towards second base but reached first on Ruschs throwing error scoring Van Lingen from third. Yet, that was all the runs the Ore Diggers could muster.

In the top of the fifth inning, Metro added five more runs to their nearly perfect game thus far. Shortstop Amber Roundtree drove in Jennessa Tesone on a single to left and pinch runner Jesse Minch scored on a bases loaded walk by Ore Diggers pitcher Balogh. With the bases still loaded, third baseman Tara Mickelson came up big, hitting a three run double to center field to make the score 10-1.

Robinson stepped onto the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning and threw nine total pitches to gain the final outs and the win to improve her record to 9-1.

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