DENVER, Colo.: The storms held off just long enough in Denver for the Ranger softball program to split with UC-Colorado Springs Saturday afternoon.
It took the two RMAC teams nine innings to establish a winner during the first game of the doubleheader. UCCS took it 4-3 to start the day.
After shutting down the Mountain Lions, Freshman Rachel Illias started the Ranger half of the inning with a sinlge to center field. She was moved over by a single through the left side by junior Shannon Massine. Freshman Taylor Wilcox sent a single to center field to score them both and bring the Rangers up by two runs in the first inning.
UCCS put one run on the board in the fourth inning and two in the fifth to gain the advantage, before the Rangers scored another run in the sixth to even up the score. Sophomore Keala Bertulfo doubled to left field to score freshman Brianna Bogdajeiwcz who was pinch running for junior Alyssa Beskid.
In the ninth inning, the Mountain Lions put up one more run on a sac fly to right field and shut down the Ranger line up to earn the win.
Wilcox went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Illias had two hits also. Five other Rangers each had one hit apiece.
Senior Nikki Haberkorn started the game, allowing nine hits and three runs in 30 batters faced, before taking a hard hit to her face that would take her out of the game.
Freshman Sydney Gaffin (7-8) finished up the game, earning the loss after allowing four hits and one run in 11 batters faced.
With the storm clouds rolling in and the temperature dropping, Regis won the second game 6-3 in seven innings. Gaffin earned the win after pitching the complete game, allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out one.
The women put up three runs in the first inning to gain an early lead. They scored again in the second when Massine stole second and Illias took home on the throw. The score was 4-3 Rangers going into the bottom half of the sixth.
Illias and Ranger senior Natalie Adami each picked up RBIs in the sixth to gain the 6-3 advantage that would close out the game.
Adami went 2-for-3 with one RBI at the plate, while four other Rangers had one hit each.
The Rangers finish their regular schedule at Black Hills State on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd.