GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (April 30, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team finished its regular season schedule Sunday dropping two games at No. 11 Colorado Mesa 8-0 in five innings in game one and dropped a 13-6 decision in the series and season finale at CMU Softball Field.
In the first game CSU-Pueblo was held to five hits and left six runners on base. The Pack collected three hits in the fifth inning and scattered single hits in both the second and fourth innings but was unable to score on the strong CMU defense.
Colorado Mesa jumped ahead in the first inning, scoring three runs on a 3-run homerun hit.
The Pack had little answer to CMU starting pitcher McKenzie Surface who for a second time this series allowed no earned runs while in the circle.
CMU added a single run in the fourth before plating four runs in the fifth including a walk-off homerun by Sarah Phillis shutting the door on the Pack 8-0 in five innings.
In the finale the ThunderWolves took an early 2-0 lead in their first at bat on a sac flyout by Michaela Burpee (So., C, Union City, Calif.) and an RBI single from Lexie Martindale (Sr., DP, Pueblo, Colo.).
CMU responded with another big scoring inning as seven runs crossed and five extra-base hits slugged by the home team.
In the third inning the Pack received another run on a solo shot hit by Gabby Moreno (Fr., 3B, Scottsdale, Ariz.) her fifth of the season to put the score at 7-3.
CSU-Pueblo inched closer in the fifth inning scoring three runs on a solo shot by Alyssa Ubrun (Jr., SS, Olympia, Wash.) and a two-run bomb hit by Burpee, her team leading twelfth homerun of the season.
The CMU offense add insurance runs in the sixth scoring six runs to build a 13-6 lead.
The Pack was unable to get closer after being retired in order over the final two innings falling 13-6 in the series and season finale.
With the sweep, CSU-Pueblo's (19-29, 16-24 RMAC) season comes to an end as they miss out on a postseason berth for the first time in twelve seasons.
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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.