PUEBLO, Colo. (April 28, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team began its final series of the regular season and battled against the No. 3 ranked Colorado Mesa Mavericks at Rawlings Softball Complex.
CMU got past the ThunderWolves 10-4 in game one, scoring nine unanswered runs in the later innings. In game two, the ThunderWolves dropped a 9-3 decision.
In the first game Colorado Mesa took an early 1-0 lead in the first before CSU-Pueblo responded with four runs crossing in the third inning. Gabby Moreno (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.) smacked a two-run double to left centerfield and was followed by a two-run homerun off the bat of Marissa Piatt (Fr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) to put the Pack up 4-1 after three innings.
Pack starting pitcher K'Lee Kent (Sr., Hobbs, NM) lasted five innings and allowed four runs, three earned, and one strikeout.
Mesa plated two runs in the next half inning and tied the game with another score in the fifth on a leadoff double that would come around to score on a passed ball.
Trailing 6-4 going to the seventh, CMU broke open the game and scored four runs in the inning by playing small ball and connected six hits safely and build a six run lead.
For the ThunderWolves in their final at bat, a single by Moreno was recorded before CMU's McKenzie Surface finished off the Pack in a 10-4 decision.
In game two it was the Pack that jumped to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first. Moreno led off hitting a triple down the right field line and would score one out later on a Michaela Burpee (Jr., Union City, Calif.) single to right.
Later in the frame CSU-Pueblo loaded the bases and Shelby Bennett (Jr., Norco, Calif.) battled nine pitches before drawing a walk and build a 2-0 lead after one.
After a scoreless second inning from both sides, CMU got on the board with four runs on three hits. The big blow came off the bat of Brooke Hodgson who stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a double to left centerfield for a 4-2 lead.
The Pack inched closer at 4-3 with a single run in the third, a leadoff homerun hit by Burpee, her third of the year.
In the middle innings CMU's offense put up five runs on eight hits and chased Pack pitcher Hannah Anderson (So., Spokane, Wash.). Anderson finished with 2.1 innings pitched, allowed four runs on three hits.
The Pack's best scoring chance came in the fifth with three straight hits to begin the inning. An infield flyout and a double-play lineout ended the threat.
The Mavericks Kimbri Herring pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning and picked up the win of a 9-3 decision.
CSU-Pueblo (15-34, 13-25 RMAC) finishes the series and regular season with two more games against the Mavericks Sunday starting at 11 a.m. at Rawlings Softball Complex.
Prior to the game, two Pack seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Kent and Alyssa Ubrun (Sr., Olympia, Wash.) will be recognized on the diamond.
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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.