Pack bested by free-swinging Winona State

Pack bested by free-swinging Winona State

ThunderWolves end Crossover with 2-2 mark.

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Feb. 19, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo ran into a tough Winona State team firing on all cylinders, falling 7-2 to the Warriors in the Pack's final game of 2012 RMAC/NSIC Crossover.

CSU-Pueblo's bats went cold against the lights-out power pitching of Stacey Struzynski, who struck out 13 ThunderWolves and allowed just six hits.  Struzynski's performance was part of a hot weekend, as she went 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA, which included a no-hitter Saturday.

Despite the Pack's struggles to ding Struzynski, they eventually began to get hits, but it was far too late.  After registering just four hits over the first six innings, CSU-Pueblo attempted a rally in the bottom of the 7th, but making up the 7-0 deficit was just to tall an order.  Ariel Lopez (Fr., Fontana, Calif.) came through with a two-run single, cutting the Warriors' lead to 7-2, but it came with two outs and the Pack's chances for an improbable comeback were soon squashed with a pop up on the next at bat.

Comparatively, CSU-Pueblo did quiet a Winona State offense that was averaging over 10 runs per game coming into Sunday's game with the ThunderWolves.  Shannon Traxinger (Sr., Arvada, Colo.) allowed nine hits, well under the 12 hits per game the Warriors averaging before facing the ThunderWolves.  Winona State also hit a total of 13 home runs in four games before facing the Pack.  They hit two against CSU-Pueblo.

CSU-Pueblo will jump right in to its conference schedule next weekend when it will take on conference foe Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction for a four-game series.