NCAA SOFTBALL: SMSU goes 0-4 on Colorado trip

GOLDEN, Colo. – Colorado School of Mines completed a four-game sweep of Southwest Minnesota State with a 9-5 victory in game one and a 12-7 win in game two.

For the third straight game, the Mustangs got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first of game one.

Kaley Scearcy knocked in Chelsey Rodenkirch with a RBI double and Shelbie Stoll followed with a single to right field that scored Scearcy.

The Orediggers tied and later took the lead by scoring two runs in back-to-back innings in the second and third innings.

The Mustangs tied the game at 4 in the top half of the sixth with doubles from Jennifer Johnson and Kailey Hanson and an RBI single from Stoll. Southwest had a chance to put more runs on the board but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat and left two runners on the base paths.

Mines broke open the game in the bottom of the fifth with five runs on four hits and three SMSU errors.

The Mustangs scored one in the top of the seventh, but Mines got ground outs from Stoll and Hanson to end the threat and game.

Johnson went 3 for 4 with one RBI and two doubles, while Stoll went 2 for 4 and two RBI.

Rachel Hoeppner (0-2) took the loss as she allowed seven earned runs on seven hits, three walks in six innings of work. Kristen Prudhomme worked seven innings and allowed five runs on 11 hits and four strikeouts to earn the victory.

After falling behind 4-0 early in the second game, the Mustangs got on the board in the top of the third with a pair of unearned runs. Johnson and Stoll hit back-to-back two out RBI singles after an Oredigger fielding error.

Southwest tied the game at five with a bases-clearing 3-run double by Chelsey Rodenkirch in the bottom of the fourth. The RBIs were the first of the season for Rodenkirch, who finished with 15 last season.

Mines regained its 3-run lead in the bottom half of the inning by stringing six straight hits together to knock Alex O’Connor from the game.

Shelbie Stoll recorded her second triple of the series as she knocked in Rodenkirch in the top of the sixth. Kailey Hanson made it a 12-7 game when she followed with a RBI single to left, but that was the closest the Mustangs got as the Orediggers shut them down in the seventh.

SMSU (0-4) will break until March 6, when the Mustangs travel to take on Missouri-St. Louis.