DENVER – The Adams State College softball team finished its weekend series with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) rival Metro State on Saturday, falling 0-2 in the opener and grabbing an early lead in game two before falling, 3-6.
After dropping three of four against the Roadrunners this weekend, the Grizzlies fall to 16-18 in the conference this season, and are now down to 10th in the RMAC standings. Metro State improves to 19-15 in league play this spring, and has moved up one position to seventh in the conference race.
In the first game, the Grizzlies were one-hit by Aubree Maul, who earned her 15th win of the season, but ASC was able to get on the board early against the Roadrunners’ game two starter, Jordyn Randolph.
Adams State tallied each of its three runs in the first inning. Junior center fielder Katelyn Lovato (Northglenn, Colo.) led off the game with a double, and came in to score on a single by junior short stop Brittani Richins (Tremonton, Utah) for the game’s first run. Later in the inning, senior right fielder Lizzy Schossow (Fort Morgan, Colo.) and junior catcher DJ Consonero (Pueblo West, Colo.) smacked back-to-back RBI doubles, giving ASC an early 3-0 lead.
That lead, however, was whittled to one run as Metro State scored two runs in the first, and the game was knotted up after two innings of play.
Freshman Morgan McWilliams (Edgewood, N.M.), who took the circle in relief during the first inning, held MSC off the board in the third, fourth and fifth, but four Grizzly errors in the fourth handed the Roadrunners a trio of runs.
McWilliams pitched 5.2 innings in the game, fanning two batters and allowing just one earned run, but suffered the loss and fell to 4-3 on the season.
Maul kept the Grizzlies quiet in game one until Richins broke up the no-hit bid in the top of the seventh, with a single up the middle. Up to that point, ASC was able to put just two runners on base, both on errors, but was unable to gain momentum while hitting into a pair of double plays in the game. Maul struck out six in game.
Freshman Kelsey Sellars (Denver, Colo.) pitched a complete game for Adams State, giving up just two runs on seven hits, and struck out four Roadrunners.
Six games remain for the Grizzlies to move into the top eight of the RMAC standings and earn a spot in the league tournament. ASC wraps up the regular season next weekend with a 4-game series on Saturday and Sunday against New Mexico Highlands, but will first host Colorado State-Pueblo for a Wednesday doubleheader.