PUEBLO, Colo. (April 23, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team finished a much needed series sweep Sunday versus Fort Lewis on Senior Day at the Rawlings Softball Complex. The Pack beat the Skyhawks 11-3 (5 inn.) and 7-4 in the series finale and keep their postseason hopes alive heading into the final week of the regular season.
Ahead of first pitch Pack Head Coach Christie Koschke and her staff honored five seniors playing in their final home games as members of the Pack.
Shannon Lieber (Lone Tree, Colo.), Lexie Martindale (Pueblo, Colo.), Nicole Montoya (Pueblo, Colo.), Kennedy Smith (Fillmore, Calif.) and Moriah Turney (Brighton, Colo.) were each honored and presented gifts from the rest of the ThunderWolves.
Martindale finished a big weekend both at the plate and in the pitcher's circle. She slugged two more doubles and bring the series total to six in twelve plate appearances. In the circle Martindale tossed five innings and allowed three runs and two earned and struck out four Skyhawks batters.
Morgan Hatfield (So., 1B, Upland, Calif.) had a breakout day going 4-for-5 at the plate with a walk en route to finishing 7-for-14 at the dish in the series and hitting three doubles.
In game one Fort Lewis scored two runs in the first inning and added a single run in the third before the Pack's offense came alive in their half of the third.
Sophomore Michaela Burpee (Union City, Calif.) crushed a two-run shot, her team leading eleventh homerun of the year and put the Pack on the board. CSU-Pueblo capitalized on an FLC error plating the third score of the frame.
A scoreless fourth inning set the stage for an explosive home half of the fifth for the ThunderWolves.
Lieber singled to lead off the inning hitting for just the third time this season to get things rolling for the Pack. The next two batters reached safely setting up Smith to earn a bases loaded walk to begin the scoring.
The next hitter Martindale belted a double off the wall in left centerfield scoring two runs.
Gabby Moreno (Fr., 3B, Scottsdale, Ariz.) collected an RBI on a bases loaded walk earned.
The following batter K'Lee Kent (Jr., DP, Hobbs, NM) stepped to the plate with the bases still loaded and crushed her third homerun of the year, a grand slam to complete the eight-run fifth and end the game 11-3 in a run ruled shortened contest.
Kent earned the win in the circle and improves to 4-9 on the year tossing five innings and surrendering three earned runs and scattered ten hits.
In the series finale both teams scored one run each in the first inning.
CSU-Pueblo received an RBI single by Kent to account for the run.
The score remained unchanged over the next three innings as both teams collected one hit over that span before the Pack erupted in the fifth inning.
The ThunderWolves had six hits in the frame including a 3-run homerun off the bat of Sabrina Felix (Fr., OF, Corona, Calif.) who came on defensively in the inning prior.
RBI-doubles by Martindale and Burpee coupled with another RBI single from Kent extended the Pack lead 7-1 heading to the sixth inning.
Fort Lewis scored three runs in their next at bat hitting a pair of homeruns and cut into the lead.
In the seventh Lieber allowed one hit up the middle before closing the door on the Skyhawks in a 7-4 Pack victory.
Martindale picked up the win in the circle, her third win of the weekend and improves her record to 13-10 on the year.
CSU-Pueblo (19-25, 16-20 RMAC) sits in a three-way tie with Adams State and New Mexico Highlands for the final two playoff spots in the RMAC Tournament.
The Pack travel to Grand Junction, Colo. Apr. 29-30 for a four-game series at Colorado Mesa. The series begins Saturday at noon at CMU Softball Field.
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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.