CSU-Pueblo split on day one of Dixie State Classic

CSU-Pueblo split on day one of Dixie State Classic

ST. GEORGE, Utah (February 8, 2018) -  The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team earned a split on day one of the Dixie State Classic in St. George, Utah. The Pack defeated Montana State-Billings 5-4 in the season opener and fell 8-7 in the nightcap versus Western New Mexico.

In the season opener against MSUB, the ThunderWolves scored three runs over the final two innings to come away with the one run victory.

Alyssa Ubrun  (Sr., Olympia, Wash.) went 2-for-3 at the plate and crushed a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning which proved to be the game winner against the Yellow Jackets.

Shelby Bennett (Jr., Norco, Calif.) and Michaela Burpee (Jr., Union City, Calif.) each collected RBI hits in the win.

In her Pack debut in the circle, Hannah Anderson (So., Spokane, Wash.) tossed a complete game to earn her first win in a Pack uniform, scattering eight hits and allowed four runs, three earned to go with three strikeouts.

Anderson's only blemish came in the second inning when four runs crossed on four hits and one defensive error.

In the second game versus WNMU the bats came alive for the Pack as three players, Burpee, Gabby Moreno (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.), and Marissa Piatt (Fr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the dish to guide CSU-Pueblo to 13 hits in the game.

The ThunderWolves played as the visitors on the neutral field and quickly took advantage of a leadoff walk to Hailey Bennett (So., Norco, Calif.). With two outs Burpee smacked a double to left field scoring Bennett.

The Mustangs scored single runs in each of the third and fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead after three innings of action.

Pack starting pitcher Laci Lashley (R-Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) lasted 3.2 innings and allowed two ones and one earned while scattering four hits in her Pack debut. She finished with two strikeouts.

Anderson came on in relief with two outs in the fourth inning.

CSU-Pueblo's offensive again came alive in the final innings, scoring six runs over three frames.

Bennett again sparked the offense with a leadoff triple in the fifth. She would score in the at bat on a single from Moreno through the right side.

Burpee added another RBI with a one-out single to right and the scoring was capped by an RBI-blooper off the bat of Piatt to put the Pack on top 4-2.

The scoring continued in the next frame with RBI singles by Moreno and Sabrina Felix (So., Corona, Calif.)

In the seventh the ThunderWolves tacked on another run on another RBI from Piatt and build a 7-3 lead going into the home half of the seventh.

The final three outs of any softball game are the hardest to gather and so was the case in this game. The cap fell off for the ThunderWolves as five runs crossed on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

The Mustangs scored the game winner with two outs and two runners left on base to pick up the dramatic 8-7 win.

Anderson was tabbed with the loss to end the day with a 1-1 record.

CSU-Pueblo (1-1) returns to action Friday with games scheduled against host-No. 9 Dixie State at 3 p.m. and play Western Washington in game two.

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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.