Three times was not a charm for the Fort Lewis College softball team.
The Skyhawks lost all three games of their rare tripleheader against UC-Colorado Springs on Saturday – 11-3, 8-3 and 17-9 in Colorado Springs.
“It just wasn’t our day,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said. “It seemed like whatever they did worked ... and things didn’t really fall into place for us all day.”
It took the Skyhawks a couple of games to wake up their bats; their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent Mountain Lions came out swinging.
In Game 1, UCCS wasted little time in mercy-ruling the Skyhawks in five innings.
Kassie Haubert took the loss from the circle.
The Skyhawks’ batters, meanwhile, had some trouble finding the ball.
FLC (2-6, 0-3 RMAC) had four players pick up hits, including Chelsea Rodriguez, who hit her second home run of the year.
“It took a little while to get the bats rolling around,” Zeiter said.
Game 2 was more of the same.
FLC freshman Victoria Johnson took the loss.
The Skyhawks’ batters, however, did see some improvement.
Nikki Klepfer had “the hit of the game,” staring down two outs with runners on second and third, Zeiter said. Klepfer’s double scored both of them.
The Mountain Lions jumped to a 10-1 start after two innings in Game 3 before the bats “really came to life.”
UCCS scored five more runs in the third for a 15-3 lead after three innings, but the Skyhawks finished with six runs in the final two innings for the 17-9 score.
FLC tallied 13 hits. Rodriguez had three of them for two RBIs.
“We really showed the true colors of what our team is capable of,” Zeiter said. “That’s the desire you have to have to compete in the RMAC.”
Katie Watkins took the loss for the Skyhawks after giving up nine hits for 10 earned runs in the third and final game.
Zeiter said FLC has plenty to work on at practice between now and then, the first being “getting the snow off the (FLC) field.”
Snow and incoming weather turned Saturday’s doubleheader into a tripleheader and forced the cancellation of Sunday’s game.