DENVER, Colo. (February 26, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team dropped a pair of games Sunday to begin Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The Roadrunners bested the Pack 9-1 in 6 innings in game one and beat the Pack 10-4 in game two.
With the series pushed back one day due to cold temps in the region, CSU-Pueblo quickly found themselves down five runs through the first inning. MSU Denver scored five runs on six hits in the frame.
MSUD responded with two more runs in the home half of the second, adding to their lead.
CSU-Pueblo managed just one hit over the final four innings against MSUD starting pitcher Cassidy Smith.
The Roadrunners tallied single runs in the fourth and what would turn out to be the game winner in the sixth inning.
Lexie Martindale (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) was tabbed with the loss as she tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs (eight earned) with two strikeouts, falling to 3-3 on the year.
In game two the home team remained hot at the plate scoring three runs in the second on four hits and taking advantage of a Pack error.
MSUD tacked on two more runs in the next inning to build a 5-0 lead.
The ThunderWolves got on the board in the fifth, scoring three runs on five hits in the frame highlighted by a two-run single by Moriah Turney (Sr., 2B, Brighton, Colo.).
In the home half MSU Denver again responded with three runs of their own, chasing Pack starting pitcher K'Lee Kent (Jr., Hobbs, NM) who threw 4 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs (six earned) along with two strikeouts.
Shannon Lieber (Sr., Lone Tree, Colo.) came on in relief and tossed 1.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits.
Smith hit into a fielder's choice in the final at bat, scoring the fourth and final run for the Pack.
Kent was tagged with the loss falling to 0-2 this season.
Freshman Christa Angers (1B, Villa Park, Calif.) led the Pack offensively going 3-for-3 with a walk at the plate in game two.
The teams will conclude the series Monday with another twin bill scheduled for a 12 p.m. first pitch at the Regency Athletic Complex.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.