Eagles send seniors out with 3-1 series win
The tournament’s location is yet to be decided; the top seed of the conference will host the tournament. Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, currently leads the RMAC with a conference record of 31-4.
The first game of the weekend ended in five innings, with CSC jumping out to a five-run lead in the first, and scoring one more in the third and three in the fourth.
Freshman ace Jessica Jarecki, of Littleton, Colorado, shut out the Grizzlies, only giving up four hits to pick up win No. 12.
Aspen Eubanks, junior of Broomfield, Colorado, busted the game open for the Eagles, blasting a three-run home run to center in the bottom of the first. On the next pitch, Morgan Wilhelm, senior of Littleton, Colorado, lined a solo homer to left. Eubanks drove in two more runs in the fourth on a single to right, that scored Kendyl Moody, sophomore of Lakewood, Colorado, and Sheyann Ludwig, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, bumping the Eagles’ lead to nine, one more than necessary for the mercy rule.
Eubanks finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate, with five RBIs.
Game two was less exciting on the offensive side for CSC, but Kinsley Mason, senior of Loveland, Colorado, held the Grizzlies to one run on five hits, securing her eighth win of the season. The Eagles scored three runs on seven hits.
Zoe Humphries, senior of Arvada, Colorado; Ellie Owens, freshman of Longmont, Colorado; and Taylor Bauer, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, recorded RBIs in the win.
On Sunday, Jarecki recorded her 13th win of the season, pitching another complete game, giving up one run on a lone hit. She struck out seven and walked four in the Eagles 6-1 victory.
CSC hit two long balls despite the strong headwind.
Humphries hit a solo shot in the third inning, just inside the left-field foul pole. In the fifth, Kayla Michel, sophomore of Brighton, Colorado, put the CSC lead out of reach, sneaking a homer just over the right-field fence, scoring Wilhelm, and Alyssa Geist, redshirt freshman of Broomfield, Colorado.
Lindsey Karlin, senior of Berthoud, Colorado, went 2-for-4, knocking in the other two RBIs for CSC.
“Overall, we played very strong last weekend as a team,” Jarecki said. “It was a very emotional weekend because of it being the last home game for the seniors and Coach Stack. I definitely think we will carry the momentum into this coming weekend against Fort Lewis so we can finish our regular season off strong and be ready for the conference tournament.”
Stack announced that this would be his final season as head coach prior to the beginning of the season.
In the series finale, the Eagles’ bats finally cooled off, only scoring one run on one hit. After three games of minimal production, the Grizzles finally showed their talents in the batter’s box, scoring eight runs on 13 hits.
ASU’s Mackenzie Villarreal, junior of Loveland, Colorado, drove in three RBIs, on four hits in four appearances. She was just a triple shy of hitting through the cycle.
The Eagles are on the road for one more weekend in the regular season, this time traveling to Durango, Colorado, to play Fort Lewis College. The Skyhawks are 6-39 on the season, 5-31 in the RMAC, just above Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, with only three conference wins.
Game times are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.