ThunderWolves falter on Opening Day

ST. GEORGE, UTAH (February 9, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team dropped two games Thursday on day one of the Dixie State Easton Classic. The Pack lost the season opener 5-4 in walk-off fashion versus Central Washington and fell 5-3 against host-Dixie State in the second game of the day.

In game one against Central Washington, the Pack jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning behind a two-run shot by Michaela Burpee (So., Union City, Calif.), scoring Lexie Martindale (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) who reached via base on balls.

Martindale started in the circle for the Pack and held Central Washington to three hits through the first four innings.

CWU evened the score on three hits in the home half of the fifth, capitalizing on a Pack error.

CSU-Pueblo regained the lead 4-2 in their next at bat with Christa Angers (Fr., Villa Park, Calif.) and Kennedy Smith (Sr., Fillmore, Calif.) collecting RBIs.

The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the seventh when the Wildcats sent their heart of the lineup to the plate and with one out, hit a three-run shot to centerfield clinching the come-from-behind win.

Moriah Turney (Sr., Brighton, Colo.) paced the ThunderWolves going 3-for-3 at the plate.

In game two against classic-host Dixie State the teams' combined for three hits through the first three innings.

The Pack offense came alive in the fourth thanks to a 3-run blast by Angers, her first of her collegiate career, scoring Burpee and Shelby Bennett (So., Norco, Calif.).

DSU got on the board in their half on two singles and a stolen base in the inning.

The fifth inning was not kind to the Pack, going down in order offensively set the stage for the Trailblazers.

Following two quick outs DSU smacked two singles and later scored on a throwing error, tying the game at 3-3. The Trailblazers' offense continued with the next batter hitting a 2-run shot that ultimately proved to be the game winner as the Pack was held hitless in the final two frames.

 CSU-Pueblo (0-2) returns to the diamond for two more games at the Dixie State Classic. The Pack play Western New Mexico at 3 p.m. followed with a matchup versus Concordia (Ore.) at 5:30 p.m. both at the Canyons Softball Complex.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.