No. 15 Lady Buffs spoil ThunderWolves new turf debut

No. 15 Lady Buffs spoil ThunderWolves new turf debut

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 14, 2018) - The No. 15 ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffs ruined the debut of Colorado State University-Pueblo softball's newly added turf at Rawlings Softball Field, sweeping the Pack 8-0 (5 innings) and 9-2 in a nonconference doubleheader.

Under sunny skies the Pack unveiled for the first time to the public the new turf and played their first true home game of the season on campus. From the onset West Texas' potent offense showed its prowess in the first inning of game one scoring six runs on five hits.

WT chased Pack starting pitcher K'Lee Kent (Sr., Hobbs, NM) after going 0.2 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits.

The ThunderWolves were limited to three hits in the game. Gabby Moreno (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.), Vivian Ledesma (Jr., Colton, Calif.), and Jordan Sheard (Jr., Broomfield, Colo.) posted hits for the Pack.

The Lady Buffs added a single run in the next inning and held a 7-0 lead going to the third.

In the home half of the frame CSU-Pueblo loaded the bases but did not plate a run and again in the fourth, the first three batters reached safely but the Pack was unable to convert a run, going down in order to end any chance to get back in the game.

Starting WT pitcher Kilee Halbert pitched a solid game and escaped several scoring chances from the Pack. Halbert went 5.0 innings and allowed no runs on three hits and nine strikeouts.

In game two the ThunderWolves' offense recorded six hits led by Moreno who went 3-for-4 at the dish with a run.

WT scored single runs in the first two innings to take an early 2-0 advantage. The ThunderWolves scored their first runs of the day on a leadoff double by Moreno. She later scored on a RBI-groundout by Sabrina Felix (So., Corona, Calif.).

Junior Michaela Burpee (Union City, Calif.) singled in the second run and scored Marissa Piatt (Fr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) who doubled in the at bat prior to even the score at 2-2.

In the top half of the fourth the Lady Buffs erupted by hitting three homeruns in the inning and regained the lead 7-2.

WT tallied another homerun in the sixth, a two-run blast to hold a commanding 9-2 lead.

The ThunderWolves were retired in order in the final at bat to end the game.

On the day six different players recorded homeruns for West Texas.

CSU-Pueblo (6-15, 5-7 RMAC) stays home and resumes RMAC play Saturday at noon against Chadron State.

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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.