Mar 23, 2014 12:45 AM by Greg Smith
PUEBLO, Colo. - (GoThunderWolves.com - March 22, 2014) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team battled frigid temperatures on Saturday when they played host in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tripod style series against New Mexico Highlands and the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks.
The Pack came out strong in the first inning as the leadoff hitter Alexa Snyder (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) led off with an infield single, followed with a stolen base, putting her in scoring position for Jasmine Vogel (Jr., Oceanside, Calif.) who singled through the left side of the infield, scoring Snyder from second base. Another stolen base and infield single from the third batter Dora Hernandez (So., Benton City, Wash.) and a walk allowed to Ariel Lopez (Jr., Fontana, Calif.) loaded the bases for designated player Madison Wolfe (So., Oxnard, Calif.) who hit a sacrifice fly to outfield, scoring Vogel from third.
The lead was increased to 5-0 after homerun to centerfield by Lacey Chesser (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.) who, at the time, connected on her first homer of the season.
Starting in the circle for the ThunderWolves, Kelli Henry (Jr., Monument, Colo.) made quick work of Highlands as she held the Cowgirls to just five hits while striking out seven batters in six innings pitched.
Another homerun from Chesser to lead-off the home half of the fifth inning gave the Pack a commanding 6-run lead after five innings.
A single, hit batsman, and a walk in the sixth inning for the ThunderWolves set the stage for Kennedy Smith (Fr., Fillmore, Calif.) who connected on a two-run double to straightaway centerfield ending the game in a mercy-rule, 8-0 victory.
In game two the Pack came out sluggish against Fort Lewis as they were held to just four hits in the game, losing 8-2.
Dominated from the start, the Pack scored their first run in the second inning after two walks was capitalized on an RBI-single from Chesser, giving her five on the day.
Lopez would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a homerun into the wind over the leftfield wall, bringing the Pack to within one at 3-2.
The score would remain the same until the sixth inning when the Skyhawks would play small-ball, collecting four hits in the inning, scoring two more runs. Three additional runs in the last inning was all the cushion needed as they would finish with a final of 8-2.
In the middle game of the day Fort Lewis pulled off a nail-biter over Highlands, 4-3.
The ThunderWolves (11-12, 8-4 RMAC) will look to bounce back on Sunday as the same teams will conclude the tripod style series.
Due to inclement weather and poor forecasts for overnight, the games on Sunday have been set for a later start time, with the first game between Fort Lewis and CSU-Pueblo scheduled for a 12 p.m. start. Thereafter games two and three are set for 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. respectively.
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