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Skyhawks storm back for a sweep

FLC softball rallies for first RMAC wins of the season

A pair of rallies, a pair of victories for the Skyhawks.

Fort Lewis College softball grabbed the lead late in both contests Sunday in Alamosa, besting Adams State 4-3 and New Mexico Highlands 6-5 to break a five-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference losing streak.

“It feels great,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said of FLC moving to 4-8 and 2-5 in the RMAC. “It’s always nice to get those first two RMAC wins, and we definitely went over that hump that we were so close to (Saturday).”

In the day’s opener against the Grizzlies, Fort Lewis went up 3-1 in the third inning before Adams State rallied in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. But Kaylynn Harmon’s RBI single in the fifth plated Missy Fundora, and winning pitcher Katie Watkins made the slim lead stand up for the victory.

Watkins allowed five hits and three runs, striking out three and walking just one in a complete-game effort. Fundora scored twice and went 2-for-3, while Chelsea Rodriguez plated three runs with a bases-loaded double in the third inning.

Fort Lewis trailed 5-4 heading into the sixth inning in the late game against the Cowgirls. Fundora’s bunt plated Myndee Thompson in the sixth inning to square the game, then Kassie Haubert singled home Rodriguez for the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh.

Haubert was 3-for-4 against Highlands, while Rodriguez was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored. Thompson and Cierra Walters each had a pair of hits, as well.

“We played a lot more manufacturing-style softball (Sunday),” Zeiter said. “We had bunts and steals along with hitting.”

Watkins (2-1) threw 4 2/3 innings in relief of Victoria Johnson to pick up another victory. She allowed just one run on three hits.

The Skyhawks open their home schedule at noon Saturday with a doubleheader against CSU-Pueblo at Aspen Field.

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