Adams State Athletics

LAS VEGAS -- Adams State sophomore Katelyn Lovato broke the NCAA Division II record for consecutive games with a hit, helping the Grizzlies to claim an 8-0 run-rule win against the University of Mary (N.D.) Marauders.

Lovato, who had entered the Desert Stinger Classic game with a 40-game hit streak, had two balls before receiving a pitch that she drove down the left field line that fell in front of Marauder left fielder Jenna Button for what everyone thought was going to be a single. However, Lovato saw the opening and turned up her speed and turned it into a double.

Lovato then scored, after she advanced to third on a passed ball, on an Alexis Gallego single up the middle as the Grizzlies improved to 3-0 on the young season with the shutout win that dropped the Mauraders, now 2-1, from the ranks of the unbeaten.

All three of the Grizzlies' wins have come via the run-rule.

Senior pitcher Sarah Lindquist had a stellar performance in the pitching circle as she picked up her first shutout since her freshman year (2008), allowing just five runners to reach base while giving up just three hits. She also struck out six batters and improved to 2-0 on the year while earning her 35th career win.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies cranked out 14 hits, including four doubles, and received a 3-run homer and five RBI by senior Jaycee Lovato, the record setter's older sister.

Six different Grizzlies, including Jaycee Lovato, who went 2-for-4, had two or more hits in the game.

Gallego went 3-for-4.

After Katelyn Lovato's initial run, neither team was able to score again until the bottom of the fifth inning when Jaycee Lovato hit her third homer of the young season to deep center field after Gallego and junior Rebecca Lindquist had both singled up the middle.

Then after a walk and the lone error of the game at the start of Mary's 6th inning, Sarah Lindquist set down the next three Marauder batters, setting up a bizarre and dramatic end to the game.

After a 1-out single by Carly DeLorenzo in the Grizzly half of the sixth, Katelyn Lovato hit into a fielder's choice but reached first safely. With two outs, Gallego then pushed her over to second base when she singled up the middle bringing Rebecca Lindquist to the plate with two runners on.

As the at bat proceeded, Lindquist swung at the third strike that was dropped by Mary catcher Desiree Smith, charged with her second passed ball of the game. As the Marauder defense started to leave the field, the Grizzlies' two runners (Lovato and Gallego) and the batter (Lindquist) slowly made their way to the next base before the defense realized what was going on. By the time the Marauders headed back out to get the ball, the speedy Katelyn Lovato was halfway home and scored with ease.

So with runners at first and second, Jaycee Lovato then nailed a double to center field to bring the two more runs in. The next Grizzly batter, freshman Kristen Payne, then hit a single up the middle bringing in pinch runner Jennie Archambault to score the game-clinching run.