COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Fort Hays State softball team fell to UC-Colorado Springs 11-5 on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The game was shortened when umpires determined weather conditions were unsafe to continue play following the top of the fifth inning. An 11-run third inning for UCCS was the difference after FHSU took an early 3-0 lead.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Candace Bollig laced a two-RBI double to the right center gap to plate Tess Gray and Veronica Knittig. Later in the inning, Bollig scored on a Terran Caldwell RBI single.
Tiger starter Sierra Rodriguez got out of a jam in the second inning, stranding runners at second and third when she fielded a comebacker for the first out and then struck out two in a row to keep the 3-0 lead intact. However, she ran into trouble in the third in the same situation with runners at second and third and one out. The Mountain Lions put together a two-RBI single, walk, single, and then a bases clearing double to take a 5-3 lead. That marked the end of Rodriguez’s day in the circle.
Megan Jamison entered and the Tigers committed an error on a ball batted by the first hitter she faced, allowing another run to score. Three more runs came into score in a sequence of a single and two doubles, making it 9-3 in favor of UCCS. Jamison did not record an out before handing the ball to Hailey Chapman. Chapman eventually stopped the rally, but not before a two-RBI double plated another pair of runs.
Temperatures were plummeting rapidly and the Tigers were able to get a pair of runs back in the top of the fifth on an error and a Bailey Kennedy RBI single, but the umpires deemed conditions too unsafe to continue before the bottom of the fifth began. With the game past the amount of innings needed to make it official, UCCS grabbed an 11-5 win.
Rodriguez took the loss for FHSU, allowing six runs on seven hits. Cami Duffy picked up the win for UCCS, allowing five runs (two earned) over her five innings of work.
The Tigers, now 1-2, head south this week to San Antonio, Texas for the Rattler Invitational, where they will play five games over three days.