Late game heroics lead Pack to split at Chadron

Late game heroics lead Pack to split at Chadron

CHADRON, Neb. (March 18, 2017) – For a second consecutive week the Colorado State University softball team split of a pair of Saturday Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games this week at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.

In the series opener the Pack scored five runs over the final two innings of game one to steal a 7-5 victory and dropped a 2-1 decision in game two at CSC Softball Field.

Gabby Moreno (Fr., 3B, Scottsdale, Ariz.) continued to rake going 4-for-4 in two games with a homer and two walks at the plate.

In the series opener CSU-Pueblo scored one run on a Nicole Montoya (Sr., OF, Pueblo, Colo.) leadoff double and later scoring, taking advantage of a CSC passed ball.

Chadron State took a lead 3-1 in the second on two hits in the frame.

The Pack inched closer in their half of the fourth on a Moriah Turney (Sr., 2B, Brighton, Colo.) solo shot, her first dinger of the season and 3-2 CSC lead.

CSC tacked on a run in their next at bat and built a 4-2 advantage.

In the sixth inning the teams exchanged single runs as CSU-Pueblo capitalized on a Chadron St. error in the top half of the frame.

Trailing 5-3 entering the final at bat, CSU-Pueblo used small ball to keep the pressure on the CSC defense.

Montoya and Moreno both reached base to lead off the inning setting up the come-from-behind Pack victory when Lexie Martindale (Sr., DP, Pueblo, Colo.) crushed a 3-run shot followed by a solo blast by Michaela Burpee (So., C, Union City, Calif.) gave the Pack a 7-5 advantage.

Martindale contributed on both sides of the ball going 2-for-3 at the plate and she closed the door on the Eagles in the circle in the seventh retiring CSC in order to pick up her eighth win of the year.

In game two CSU-Pueblo was held to two hits in the game against Chadron's five.

The Pack's hits came in the first two innings. Moreno hit her fourth homerun of the season in the first inning to give the Pack an early 1-0 lead and a double by Burpee in the second was the only offense from the Pack.

Back-to-back doubles coupled with a hit by pitch for the Eagles in the second provided the only scoring for the home team.

Pack starting pitcher Shannon Lieber (Sr., Lone Tree, Colo.) lasted 2.2 innings and allowed two runs, both earned and scattered four hits before Martindale came on in relief in the third.

Martindale finished with 3 1/3 innings pitched in relief and allowed no runs and just one hit and three strikeouts.

The ThunderWolves best scoring opportunity came in the sixth with two runners on base before CSC pitcher Kinsley Mason retired the side and silenced the Pack in closing out the 2-1 decision.

CSU-Pueblo (10-12, 7-7 RMAC) returns to action Sunday and close out the series with another twin bill. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. at CSC Softball Field.

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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.