LAS VEGAS --- Keeping the bats hot, CBU picked up its fifth-straight win with a 9-0 victory over Adams State, only needing four-and-a-half innings to secure the result. The Lancers added another mercy-rule victory in the nightcap, downing Chadron State 8-0 with an explosive sixth inning.
CBU now stands 8-1 on the season after outscoring its opponents 56-18 in the Desert Stinger Tournament, hosted by Montana State Billings.
Rachel Meyer led CBU with a .667 average on the day, registering two hits in three appearances at the plate, scoring twice with an RBI. Marshean August and Krista Mann also had stellar performances at the plate with 3-for-5 showings. August scored three runs and batted in two, while Mann touched home four times and added another three RBIs.
The Lancers opened the scoring in the first inning, putting two runs on the board off two hits. Mann scored the first, taking advantage of a passed ball by the Grizzlies’ catcher, and Kailey Willingham grabbed her first RBI with a single through the left side to score Savannah Miller.
CBU added another three in its next inning at the plate off four hits. With runners on second and third, Mann gave both the green light home with a base hit. The freshman shortstop scored one of her own, tagging home off Meyer’s single up the middle.
Leading 5-0, the Lancers posted their biggest showing at the plate with four runs on two hits and two costly errors. August took a free ride to first on four balls and scored as Mann knocked a double deep to center.
With two outs, ASU looked to end the inning, but couldn’t make the routine play, allowing two Lancer runners to score. Another error sent in the ninth run, putting pressure on the Grizzlies to score two to keep the game alive.
Backed by Belinda Renne in the circle, the Lancers took ASU down in order to secure the 9-0 victory in four-and-a-half innings.
Uncharacteristic of CBU at the tournament, the Lancers were held to just one run for much of the second game. Willingham batted in the first run with a single up the middle in the bottom of the second.
It wasn't until four frames later the Lancers would strike again, and strike hot. August led the inning with a walk and was joined on base by Mann with a double. Willingham knocked a homer over the fence at left, scoring three. August returned to the batter's box and ended the game with a two-RBI double, handing CBU the 8-0 run-rule victory.
The Lancers return home to start PacWest action, hosting a four-game series with Hawaii-Hilo on Tuesday and Wednesday, both beginning at 5 p.m.