Pack plays itself into first-place tie with sweep of Fort Lewis

Pack plays itself into first-place tie with sweep of Fort Lewis

ThunderWolves now set up for first-place battle with Colorado Christian next weekend.

DURANGO, Colo. ( - March 25, 2012) - The ThunderWolves took care of business Sunday as first place in the RMAC was on the line, sweeping a pair from Fort Lewis by scored of 16-1 and 7-3, taking three out of four in the series.

The ThunderWolves again rode its RMAC-best pitching staff, allowing just a total of four runs over the two games Sunday, getting a particularly dominant performance in the circle from Shannon Traxinger (Sr., Arvada, Colo.) during the first game of the day.

Traxinger tossed a complete game three-hitter in the five-inning, mercy-rule 16-1 win.  She struck out five Skyhawks to claim her second win of the season.

Offensively, Traxinger was backed up by an obnoxiously good performance by the Pack bats, which compiled 17 hits and hit over .500 as a team.  Catcher Brittany Styger (Fr., Kent, Wash.) wielded the big stick, going 3-for-4 with a third-inning grand slam, falling a triple short of the cycle in a 6-RBI effort.

Pack ace Justine Bosio (Jr., Santa Barbara, Calif.) claimed her ninth win of the season and second of the weekend in the ThunderWolves' 7-3 victory, allowing just four hits after giving up just one hit in her outing Saturday.  She also blasted a home run in the first inning to help her own cause.

Samantha Rios (Jr., Fullerton, Calif.), like Styger in the first game, fell just a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 and scoring three ThunderWolf runs in the win.

Following the Pack's series win, which marked the ThunderWolves' 14th win in the past 16 games as it moved into a tie with Colorado Christian atop the RMAC standings, CSU-Pueblo will take on Colorado Christian in Lakewood next week with RMAC supremacy on the line.