On the rubber or in the box, the timing hasn't been quite right yet for the Skyhawks in 2009.
The Fort Lewis College softball team dropped its second and third consecutive games against Regis University in Denver on Sunday after splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, losing 6-5 in Game 1 and 5-3 in Game 2.
"They were right there for us again," said FLC head coach Pam Adams. "Things just aren't going our way. All you can do is play through it."
The Skyhawks, (9-11 overall, 6-8 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) went down 1-0 early in the first game - which Adams described as "painful" - when Rangers shortstop Jamie Winsor brought home Natalie Adami with a double to right center.
Two FLC errors, from freshman shortstop-turned first baseman Ashley Hibbs and freshman second baseman Natalie Janes, allowed the Rangers to plate two more in the third despite just one hit - a Jamie Winsor single.
The 'Hawks mounted a rally in the top of the fourth, with junior Danielle Haubert scoring Janes on an RBI groundout and Chelena Coulston knocking in senior Stevie Benedict with a sacrifice fly to left, making it 3-2.
But Regis (19-10 overall, 11-3 RMAC) came roaring back, scoring in the bottom half on an RBI single from second baseman Amber Aragon-Autobee.
They added two more off freshman Skyhawk pitcher Alyssa Rahm (6-5) in the sixth for good measure. Rahm allowed six hits and walked two batters.
Bianca Holley (9-4) went the distance for the win.
Take away the third inning in Game 2, and freshman Stephanie Janes (3-5) would have allowed just two hits and no runs. Unfortunately for the Skyhawks, she allowed five hits and five runs in that fateful third.
"We had one inning that cost us," Adams said.
Alisa Heronema singled through the left side, Winsor reached on an error by Natalie Janes, Adami hit an RBI single and then designated hitter Jacki Martinez blasted a three-run homer over the left field fence.
Maegan Cooley added an RBI single for good measure, and the damage was done.
Fort Lewis scored a run apiece in the next three innings, but left 10 runners on base in the failed comeback bid.
Natalie Janes hit a solo shot in the fourth and had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Hibbs hit an RBI single in the sixth.
Regis got seven innings from Nikki Haberkorn, who matched teammate Holley at 9-4.
Adams said she's confident her freshman pitchers will get more consistent with time.
"Both kids are still just making a mistake here and there, and the good hitters are making them pay for it. But they're getting the experience, and they'll learn."
Fort Lewis outhit the Rangers in both games, 12-7 in the first and 9-6 in the second.
"We still knocked the ball around against good pitching," Adams said. "We left so many runners on base, we could have scored so many more runs."
FLC returns home this weekend for two doubleheaders against Metro State College, starting at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.