|Posted March 29, 2009|
Pack sweeps Mesa, claims 11th straight win
PUEBLO, Colo. - The ThunderWolves kept rolling Sunday, opening a four-game set with Mesa State by posting a dominant sweep of Mavericks, tying a school record with its 11th straight win.
The Pack posted wins of 5-2 and 4-0 over the Mavericks, running their 2009 record to 20-10 and 14-6 in RMAC play. CSU-Pueblo's Sunday sweep marks the earliest the ThunderWolves had reached the 20-win mark since their 50-win season in 2001.
The ThunderWolves' wins were delivered in classic fashion - behind quality pitching and timely hitting.
In game one, the ThunderWolves trailed 2-0 through three-and-a-half innings before taking advantage of Mesa State errors to claw for the lead. The first blow came in the fourth inning, when a throwing error by Mesa State third baseman Stacy Ball helped to extend an inning in which the Pack sent across two unearned runs to tie the score.
In the sixth inning, the Pack shattered the glass ceiling to send across three runs, started by a leadoff double by Janine Tyler (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), who later stole home on a failed strikeout-throw-out double play attempt by the Mavericks, and ended by a pair of RBI singles by Bo Nuanez (Jr., Lafayette, Colo.) and Lindsey Marmolejo (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.).
Starting pitcher Amber Higby (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) earned her ninth win of the season with a stellar effort in a complete-game five-hitter, only allowing one earned run.
In game two, a lights out effort by Kelsey Swanberg (Sr., Arvada, Colo.), who turned in the Pack's second shutout of the season, combined with a pair of Pack homers was all that was needed to secure the sweep.
The ThunderWolves will look to bust the school win streak record Monday when it hosts Mesa State for the final two games of its series, starting at 11 a.m. at the Rawlings Sports Complex.