ThunderWolves take No. 3 Colorado Mesa to extras, season wrapped after DH

ThunderWolves take No. 3 Colorado Mesa to extras, season wrapped after DH

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 29, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team played its final games of the regular season Sunday on Senior Day at Rawlings Softball Complex against No. 3 Colorado Mesa, dropping two games to the Mavericks. CMU took game one 16-6 and in the series finale the Pack scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh before the Mavericks won 4-3 in nine innings.

On the day the Pack was led by Marissa Piatt (Fr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) with four hits in two games and Michaela Burpee (Jr., Union City, Calif.) who posted three hits in game one.

Prior to the start, CSU-Pueblo coaching staff and the team honored the two departing seniors. K'Lee Kent (Hobbs, NM) and Alyssa Ubrun (Olympia, Wash.) each were honored and presented with a gift from the team.

In the first game CMU put up two runs in the first inning and in the third sent nine batters to the plate en route to five runs crossing for a 7-0 lead.

The Pack got on the board in their half of the third on an RBI-double hit by Piatt to left centerfield.

In their next at bat CSU-Pueblo added a pair of runs thanks to an RBI hit by Ubrun and an error on the defense to get the ThunderWolves within 7-3 after four.

The potent Mavericks lineup scored three runs in the fifth and put up a six spot in the top half of the seventh and built a commanding lead.

The ThunderWolves did not relinquish in the final inning as they scored three runs on two hits. Morgan Hatfield (Jr., Upland, Calif.) scored a two-run single and Kent hit a sac fly to bring home the third run of the frame but was not enough in a 16-6 decision.

In the series finale, despite being shutout through six innings, the Pack had their chances and put traffic on base early and took advantage of a couple of walks.

CMU scored the first run of the game in the first inning and the game remained unchanged until the fifth when the Mavericks put up two more runs on a double and scored another on a Pack error to put the score at 3-0.

Trailing by three going to their final at bat, the ThunderWolves offense got started following a single and the first out, pinch hitter Karlee Salas (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) singled to bring the tying run to the plate in Ubrun.

Ubrun hit a line drive through the middle of the infield and score the first run of the game. The next batter Moreno followed it up with a single of her own to load the bases. Still with one out, Piatt stepped up and hit a single up the middle for the second score of the frame.

Burpee was up next and earned an RBI on a groundout to second base. A groundout on the infield ended the Pack's scoring.

After a scoreless eighth inning, the Mavericks scored the go-ahead run on a one-out triple by CMU's Brooke Hodgson.

Down to their final three outs of the season, CSU-Pueblo was retired in order and the game ended at 4-3.

With the series loss, CSU-Pueblo (15-36, 13-27 RMAC) misses out on a postseason berth for a second straight season.

On the season Burpee finished with a team high .405 batting average.

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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.