|Posted March 25, 2009|
Pack takes division lead, wins ninth straight
PUEBLO, Colo. - The ThunderWolves' surge continued Wednesday as it disposed of Adams State with a doubleheader sweep, taking over first place in the RMAC West Division and claiming its ninth straight win, its longest win streak in three seasons.
CSU-Pueblo upended the Grizzlies 7-5 in the first game, and 8-runned Adams State in the second game, 15-7 after six innings.
The sweep vaulted the ThunderWolves (18-10, 12-6 RMAC) to first place in the RMAC West Division after entering the day two games behind the Grizzlies in the standings.
Like they had all season long, CSU-Pueblo rode its bats to two more wins, smashing three home runs and logging 26 hits over the two games.
In game one, Kayla Dionese (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) brought the big stick, breaking a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a booming two-run shot over the left centerfield fence, giving the Pack a 7-5 lead and securing the team-leading eighth win of the season for starting pitcher Amber Higby (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.).
In game two, the RMAC's leading hitter, Janine Tyler (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) went yard in the team's first at bat, setting the tone for a 16-hit game two performance by the team. Even number-two hitter Kelly Purcell (Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.), normally a contact hitter, got in on the act with a leadoff solo shot of her own in the 4th inning.
But it was Bo Nuanez (Jr., Lafayette, Colo.) who struck the biggest blow, turning in a pair of two-run doubles, part of her four RBI on the day, the latter of which breaking open a slim 6-4 game into a 10-4 affair in the sixth inning.
The Pack will look to gun for the school record win streak of 11 straight this weekend when it hosts Mesa State at the Rawlings Sports Complex with a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m.