Metro softball opens RMAC season 3-1 at home

Junior second baseman Brooke Lovas fields a ground ball against Adams State at The Regency Athletic Complex Feb. 20 in the first game of the doubleheader. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

Junior second baseman Brooke Lovas fields a ground ball against Adams State at The Regency Athletic Complex Feb. 20 in the first game of the doubleheader. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher.

Metro softball completed the 3-1 home series against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent Adams State Grizzlies Feb. 20-21 at The Regency Athletic Complex.

The Roadrunners came into home opening weekend with a 3-7 overall record, having struggled on the road in California and Texas to open up the season, but did get back on track against Adams State.

Game 1, W 6-3

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Metro came away with the 6-3 win over ASU.

The Grizzlies got on the board in the first inning when junior catcher Merissa Harmon hit a fly ball to right field bringing in her teammate. The Roadrunners were quick to score in the bottom of the inning notching three runs taking a 3-1 lead.

Metro’s next at-bat saw junior pitcher Hayley Fields hit a deep sacrifice fly to score junior center fielder Colissa Bakovich, putting the Roadrunners up 4-1.

Adams State then hit a homerun in the fourth inning but the Roadrunners answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. The Grizzlies hit another homer in the fifth, but every time ASU scored Metro responded. Sophomore left fielder Kristyn Peters singled in the bottom of the fifth giving the Roadrunners the 6-3 win.

“It felt great having the home opener and starting off with the win,” Bakovich said.

Bakovich finished the game going 2-for-3 at the plate and three runs. Fields was also successful at the plate going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. She also pitched the entire game for the Roadrunners notching her third win of the season improving to 3-3. As the reigning RMAC player of the week, Fields gave up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts.

“It felt good to get a win to open up the conference season in our home opener,” head coach Annie Van Wetzinga said. “It was nice to come out and get the first game.”

Metro freshman shortstop Ashlee Kim makes a catch covering second base but not in time to tag out ASU sophomore catcher Morgan Zanski.  Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

Metro freshman shortstop Ashlee Kim makes a catch covering second base but not in time to tag out ASU sophomore catcher Morgan Zanski. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher.

Game 2, L  2-1

The Roadrunners weren’t as fortunate in the second game of the doubleheader. Adams State topped Metro 2-1 in a low scoring game.

Junior pitcher Cassidy Smith started the game for the Roadrunners on the mound allowing just two runs but still was not enough to earn the win.

The Grizzlies were able to get on the board in the top of the first inning but both teams didn’t score again until the bottom of the third when freshman shortstop Ashlee Kim hit a sacrifice grounder. ASU made an error that allowed Peters to score from first base to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the fifth, ASU scored when junior outfielder Kailin Johnson singled, scoring senior first baseman Shaena Connelly to earn the 2-1 victory.

Adams State made a pitching change in the second game to junior Kaitlin Hoffmann. The pitcher received the win making it her first of the season.

“We didn’t make adjustments to their pitchers,” Van Wetzinga said. “She was throwing a lot of things down, off-speed, that sort of thing. We had a lack of adjustments at the plate. We were swinging at too many pitches out of the zone and kind of helped her out.”

Junior second baseman Brooke Lovas looks to make a play after fielding a ground ball in the 6-3 win over Adams State Feb. 20 at The Regency Athletic Complex. The Roadrunners went 3-1 in home opening weekend. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

Junior second baseman Brooke Lovas looks to make a play after fielding a ground ball in the 6-3 win over Adams State Feb. 20 at The Regency Athletic Complex. The Roadrunners went 3-1 in home opening weekend. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher.

Although the Roadrunners lost the final game of the first doubleheader, Metro countered by winning both games in the doubleheader the following day.

After the four-game home stand, the Roadrunners finished 3-1 and are now 6-8 overall, 3-1 in RMAC.

Metro softball continues its home weekend series against Colorado School of Mines Feb. 27-28 with doubleheaders beginning both days at noon.Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 7.20.55 PM

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