PUEBLO, Colo. – The Adams State softball team concluded its trip at the 2012 NSIC/RMAC Crossover hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo Sunday afternoon with a 5-inning, 9-1 win over Black Hills State (S.D.) in which the Grizzlies recorded 12 hits.
ASC finishes the opening weekend of play with a 2-2 mark after topping the Yellow Jackets, who are an associate member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) this season but will not be eligible for post-season play until 2013. BHSU fell to 0-5 with the loss.
After recording just four hits in two games Saturday, ASC started off with a bang Sunday when junior Katelyn Lovato (Northglenn, Colo.) roped a triple to right field to lead off the top of the first. She would come around to score on an error and ASC led 1-0 after the first.
BHSU tied the contest in the second on a solo home run, one of just two hits allowed by Adams State starter Mariah Skaggs (Danville, Ill.) in 2.1 innings.
The Grizzlies would then come up in their half of the third and break things wide open. Three straight singles from freshman Symmone Loomis-Dotson (Longmont, Colo.), Lovato and sophomore Carly DeLorenzo (Arvada, Colo.) brought junior Brittani Richins (Tremonton, Utah) to the dish with the bases juiced, and she delivered with a 2-run double to right center.
In the next at-bat, a wild pitch brought DeLorenzo in to score and Richins to third, from where senior Rebecca Lindquist (Fort Collins, Colo.) singled her in to score. A double from freshman Erica Ecsedy (Saugus, Calif.) once again put two in scoring position before the Yellow Jackets could tally the first out of the inning.
But with one out, junior DJ Consonero (Pueblo West, Colo.) singled to center to bring in Lindquist. After a walk was issued to senior Lizzy Schossow (Fort Morgan, Colo.), Loomis-Dotson drove in the sixth and final running of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center, making the score 7-1.
Loomis-Dotson would drive in and score a run in the fifth as well, swatting a one out, solo home run to right field.
DeLorenzo, who stole two bases Saturday, stole another pair of bases Sunday.
Skaggs was followed on the mound by freshmen Kelsey Sellars (Denver, Colo.) and Michelle McNally (La Habra, Calif.). Sellars allowed two runs and no hits in 2.1 innings of work, while McNally faced one batter, coaxing a ground out to shortstop for the final out of the game.
The Grizzlies batted .286 as a team at this year’s NSIC/RMAC Crossover, tallying 28 hits, led by five from Richins who hit .385 individually. ASC recorded four doubles, three home run and one triple over the weekend, and was 6-of-10 on stolen base attempts.
Adams State begins league action next Saturday against Western New Mexico.