|Posted April 26, 2009|
ThunderWolves fall short of RMAC West title
Needing to sweep in order to claim its first ever RMAC West Division title, CSU-Pueblo fell short Sunday, winning 8-4 in the opener before falling 2-1 in the late game vs. Western New Mexico.
The split moves the Pack to 28-16 overall and 22-12 in RMAC play, just percentage points behind Adams State in the West Division standings. Adams State split its doubleheader Sunday with Mesa State, leaving the Grizzlies at 22-15 overall and 21-11 in RMAC play, .009 percentage points ahead of the ThunderWolves.
Despite this, the day wasn't without its highlights.
On senior day for the ThunderWolves, shortstop Janine Tyler (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) etched her name into the CSU-Pueblo record books, swiping a total of five bases during the doubleheader and taking over the top spot on the career stolen base charts. Tyler now has 67 stolen bases in her career, now two better than previous all-time leader, Amber Aragon (2001-04). At the plate, Tyler went 2-for-5 on the day, smashing a homer in game one. Tyler, who is also the career-leader in batting average in ThunderWolf history, raised her 2009 average to a robust .511, which will keep her in the top five nationally.
The ThunderWolves, however, will receive the RMAC's fourth seed in the eight-team RMAC tournament, which will kick off April 30 at Metro State College in Denver. CSU-Pueblo's first opponent in the double-elimination tourney will be Regis.