’Diggers answer ’Hawks with broomsticks

No. 12 Colorado Mines sweeps FLC in RMAC doubleheader

After beating the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year and the 12th-ranked team in the country in the first of four games this weekend at Aspen Field, Fort Lewis College softball lost the next three. No. 12 Colorado School of Mines beat FLC 9-0 in five innings, then 11-8 in the second game of the two teams’ second doubleheader in as many days on the FLC campus.Kelly Unkrich improved to 15-1 in the circle this year after her five-inning, complete-game shutout in Game 1 on Saturday. She allowed just three hits (Skyhawks’ Missy Fundora, Kaitlyn Bending and Kaylynn Harmon) and struck out five against just one walk.

The game was tied 0-0 after four innings, then the Orediggers plated all nine of their runs in the top of the fifth inning.“Just one bad half-inning,” FLC assistant coach Erin Holloway said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald. Kassie Haubert (3-9), who pitched scoreless softball through four, allowed all nine runs – five earned – on six hits.

FLC had two errors and a wild pitch in the inning.

FLC bounced back in Game 2 with four runs in the first inning on Tehenia Telliano’s grand slam.

Colorado Mines answered with six in the third and three in the fourth.FLC (7-18, 5-15 RMAC) pulled within one with another four-spot in the fifth, then the Orediggers salted the victory with two more in the seventh on a two-run home run by Paige Coufal.