By Kaleb Center, CSC SID
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball series between Chadron State College and Colorado Christian University, scheduled for Saturday in Denver, has been moved ahead to Thursday and Friday, in advance of inclement weather forecast for the weekend.
Both doubleheaders will now begin at 11 a.m., at All-Star Park in the Lakewood community. Up to 350 spectators may be admitted.
The Eagles (4-9, 4-4 RMAC) are winners of two of their past three games, but they lost a weekend series 3-1 at CSU-Pueblo over the weekend. They then went to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Monday, to make up a double header postponed from February. CSC and UCCS split those games, one win apiece.
Though it got off to a slow start at the plate, CSC averaged more than 10 runs per game over its past three contests.
The Eagles now lead the RMAC with a .966 fielding percentage.
CCU began the season 0-3 in non-conference play, at the same Oklahoma tournament in which Chadron State competed. The Cougars had two opponents in common with the Eagles. Colorado Christian lost 4-2 to Cameron and 9-1 to Central Oklahoma. Both results closely mirrored the Eagles’ games against the common opponents.
The Cougars rebounded to win four of their past five games, winning their final game in Oklahoma and winning a series 3-1 at Fort Lewis College on February 27-28.
That was the last time they played, however, as Covid protocol postponed last weekend’s slated home opener with MSU Denver.
CCU’s primary starting pitchers are senior Jennifer Romero and junior Julie Katz. Together the pair have a 3.14 earned runs average and allow a .310 batting average to opponents. Sophomore Samaria Roope has been a closer in four of eight games, while holding her ERA down at 1.75.
Three Cougars batters are hitting .400 or better on the season. They are junior designated player Piper Lujan (.423), senior outfielder Sydney Reamer (.407), and freshman outfielder Kenzie Middleton (.400).
Seniors Stephanie Day, the third baseman, and Caitlyn McCarthy, the catcher, are also highly regarded by the Cougars.
CCU ranks fourth in the league for team batting average, and third for team pitching ERA, while CSC is 11th and eighth, respectively.
The Cougars have won the last six consecutive meetings versus the Eagles, but Chadron State took seven of eight wins prior to those. The overall series record is CCU 17, CSC 10. The two teams did not meet for the first time until 2012.