|Posted May 5, 2011|
ThunderWolves bounced out of RMAC Tournament
GOLDEN, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - May 5, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo's season ended Thursday after two competitive games at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball tournament in Golden, losing a 6-5 heartbreaker to Western New Mexico before falling to tournament host, Colorado School of Mines, 8-3.
CSU-Pueblo started strong against Western New Mexico after Olivia Fimbres (Fr., Fontana, Calif.) legged out an inside-the-park home run in the top of the first inning. The ThunderWolves would hold a tenuous 1-0 lead all the way until the 5th inning, when the Mustangs finally broke through with three runs. They added another three in the bottom of the sixth inning, setting up a nearly dramatic comeback by the ThunderWolves.
The Pack loaded the bases, benefitting from an error and two walks, as the ThunderWolves cut the lead to 6-3 with two outs. Carlie Lucas (Jr., Granada Hills, Calif.) came through with a two-run single in the bases loaded situation, bringing the game to 6-5. However, the ThunderWolves simply ran out of opportunities, as the Pack stranded two runners on the basepaths as their outs expired.
In the elimination game against Colorado School of Mines, CSU-Pueblo fell down 3-0 right away as two ThunderWolf errors helped the Orediggers mount the big inning. The Pack cut it to 3-2 after Lacey Chesser (So., Oxnard, Calif.) drilled a two-run homer. But the ThunderWolves would get no closer, going down 6-3 by the fourth inning and unable to generate the offense required of another comeback.
CSU-Pueblo ends its season with a 21-26 record, finishing 7th in the eight-team RMAC Tournament. It joins UC-Colorado Springs as the two teams eliminated from the tournament Thursday.