ST. GEORGE, UTAH (February 10, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team wrapped its opening weekend at the Dixie State Classic with a 9-8 loss against Northwest Nazarene.
The ThunderWolves came out strong against the Nighthawks putting up five runs in their first at bat. CSU-Pueblo recorded three hits and took advantage of a pair of walks and two wild pitches in the frame.
Senior Alyssa Ubrun (Olympia, Wash.) got the offense started with a leadoff single and was put into scoring position in the next at bat on a single to left field by Gabby Moreno (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Sabrina Felix (So., Corona, Calif.) followed and reached safely via base on balls. Ubrun plated the first run scoring on a wild pitch.
Designated Player Marissa Piatt (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) smacked a hard groundball that was bobbled by shortstop allowing Moreno and Felix to score.
Two batters and a wild pitch later, Piatt scored the third run of the inning.
Still with only one out, Morgan Hatfield (Jr., Upland, Calif.) did her part in pushing the ball to the rightside on a groundout to second, accounting for the fifth run to score.
In the third inning, Hatfield crushed an RBI-double to centerfield giving the Pack a 6-0 cushion.
The home half of the third NNU used timely hitting with two outs to score three runs and cut into the Pack's lead.
The Nighthawks continued to add pressure in their next at bat scoring five runs on four hits including a go ahead two-run homerun for their first lead of the game at 8-6.
CSU-Pueblo responded in the sixth inning with the equalizer as the first three hitters in the lineup got the game back to a score of 8-8. Felix smacked a single to left field scoring both Ubrun and Moreno.
In the final inning the ThunderWolves went down in order to put NNU back on offense.
The Nighthawks led-off with a eight pitch at bat that resulted in a base on balls and put the winning run on base. The next batter, the Nighthawks No. 3 hitter in the lineup belted a double off the center field wall to secure the 9-8 victory.
Hannah Anderson (So., Spokane, Wash.) was tabbed with the loss as she came on in relief in the fourth inning.
CSU-Pueblo (1-4) returns home to take on conference-foe Colorado Christian Friday at Runyon Field in a nonconference doubleheader. The games' are being played at Runyon Field due to turf being installed on the main field at Rawlings Softball 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.