The Fort Lewis College softball team (4-4) split a doubleheader with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Skyhawks head coach Pam Adams said the first game undulated back and forth before the Skyhawks finally broke it open to win 12-8.
The Skyhawks had 19 hits in 38 at-bats"We lacked that one hit in just about every inning," she said.
Nonetheless, four in the top of the seventh was enough to withstand a two-run Mountain Lion rally in the bottom half.
Senior left fielder Stevie Benedict hit two home runs and drove in six runs. Alyssa Rahm struck out eight and moved to 3-1.
The Skyhawks didn't fare as well in the second, in what Adams described as "not a pretty game."
"We handed it right to them," Adams said.
"We had a couple of innings where we controlled the game. In certain situations, we just didn't get it done. We only played five innings, and they should have scored 20, really."
Shortstop Ashley Hibbs hit her first homer in the loss, picked up by freshman Skyhawk hurler Stephanie Janes (1-3).
Fort Lewis plays UCCS again this morning at 11. FLC's home opener comes against the Colorado School of Mines next weekend - noon Saturday before another at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 8.
"We have good teams in the RMAC. To win three out of four on the road is great, and to win two out of four is really good. These kids can do it. They're good enough to do it. We just have to keep them motivated."