Pack completes four-game sweep of Highlands

Pack completes four-game sweep of Highlands

ThunderWolves cruise to first sweep of the season.

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Apr. 3, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo was strong at the plate Sunday in claiming a doubleheader win over New Mexico Highlands and completing a four-game sweep of the Cowgirls.

The ThunderWolves scored 18 runs on the Cowgirls, winning by mercy rule 12-4 in six innings in game one, and continuing their dominance with a 6-3 win in the late game.

In each game, big hits and big innings helped lead the path to victory.

In the first game, the ThunderWolves got started early, putting up six runs in the first inning, headlined by a two-run single by McKenzie Joseph (So., Bakersfield, Calif.) as the Pack took a 6-1 lead.

They extended the lead to 9-2 in the third when Marissa Reyes (Fr., Santa Paula, Calif.) also struck an RBI single as part of a three-run third.

In all, the ThunderWolves used just 11 hits to score 12 runs, making the most out of four Cowgirl errors and three passed balls by catcher Roxy Avalos along the way.

In the second game, it was much more of a defensive affair, as the game was tied 3-3 in the 5th inning.

But Lindsey Marmolejo (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) broke the game open when she blasted a two-run home run over the leftfield fence straight into 30 mph wind gusts, giving the Pack a 6-3 lead it would hold for the rest of the game.

With the wins, CSU-Pueblo improves to 14-15 overall and 13-11 in RMAC play, and suddenly, the downtrodden ThunderWolves are just a half-game out of first place in the RMAC West Division standings. 

The Pack now has a big eight-game road trip ahead of it, heading to Colorado Springs next weekend where it will tangle with UC-Colorado Springs and Chadron State before meeting with conference-leading Colorado Mines in two weeks.