MSU Denver Softball completes final home games

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Freshman Ashlee Kim setups for a double after catching the ball at second base against Regis University at The Regency Athletic Complex. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher

MSU Denver women’s softball wrapped up a four-game home stand against Regis University April 9-10, splitting the series 2-2. The Roadrunners played doubleheaders both days in their final home games of the season.

In the first game of day one, junior pitcher Cassidy Smith dominated the Rangers’ lineup for all seven innings, and the defense behind her was stout.

The Rangers offense fell victim to Smith’s consistent control of her pitches. She only walked one batter and scattered eight hits in the game. The Roadrunners offense produced four runs on eight hits coming away with the 4-1 win.

The Rangers took game two as senior Nicole Aviles showcased her pitching proficiency.

Aviles provided a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits. MSU Denver trailed 1-0 going into the 5th inning when Regis put three more runs on the board. From that point, Aviles’ great pitching continued and the Rangers defense put a nail in the coffin in game two as the Roadrunners lost 0-4.

The crosstown RMAC competitor dialed up another double header on day two with  both teams showing up to with their A games. In the first of the doubleheader, the Roadrunners led 3-1 heading into the top of the fifth. Aviles blasted a single and drove in two runs to knot the game up 3-3.

Neither team could muster runs in the sixth or seventh innings. The Rangers scored a run in the top of the eighth frame.

In the bottom of the eighth, MSU Denver was down to its final two outs. Sophomore second baseman Anika Anderson stood on first while sophomore first baseman Carissa Terry had other plans stepping to the plate. Terry closed the curtain on game one as she belted a ball that nobody saw again to the left field wall. Metro won game one, 4-3.

Both teams’ high octane offenses were in full effect for the last doubleheader. MSU Denver entered the top of the sixth, leading 7-5.

Regis offset their deficit by scoring two runs and tied the game at 7-7. Neither team could break the tie by the end of regulation, as the game went into extra innings. Carile Sexton and Ashley Prescott provided an RBI apiece in the top of the eighth for the Rangers.

The Roadrunners could not score any runs as Regis held on to take a 9-7 victory. Anderson had two hits and three RBIs for Metro, and fellow Roadrunner Sarena Espinoza had three hits and two RBIs for the game.

MSU Denver is now 26-14 overall, 21-7 RMAC and will play UCCS in another four-game series in Colorado Springs April 16-17.

The Roadrunners will finish the regular season on the road before the RMAC conference tournament begins April 28.

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