COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 2, 2017) – Opening the final month of the season the Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team dropped a pair of games at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Sunday at Mountain Lion Softball Field.
The Pack dropped a heart breaker 3-2 in game one allowing the game winning run to cross on two Pack errors in the final at bat. In the nightcap UCCS scored the winning run again in their final at bat of a 2-1 Pack defeat.
In the opener CSU-Pueblo jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a leadoff homerun by Nicole Montoya (Sr., OF, Pueblo, Colo.).
The Pack added another run in the fifth on a triple by Kennedy Smith (Sr., OF, Fillmore, Calif.) later scoring on a sacrifice flyout by Montoya, to collect her second RBI of the game.
Pack pitcher K'Lee Kent (Jr., Hobbs, NM) was effective early on scattering single hits over the first four innings. The Mountain Lions offense came alive in the fifth scoring two runs on four hits including a two-run homerun by Lindsey Belligan.
Over the final two innings the Pack produced just one base runner on a walk setting the stage for the bottom of the seventh.
An error to leadoff put the winning run on and one out later a single up the middle was bobbled on the field to allow the runner to cross and end the game 3-2.
In game two the ThunderWolves managed two hits over the first four innings and trailed 1-0 on a solo homer hit by UCCS in the third.
The Pack manufactured the tying run in the fifth on back-to-back hits by Kent and Sabrina Felix (Fr., OF, Corona, Calif.).
Smith's groundout to second scored Kent to tie the game 1-1.
The score went unchanged in the sixth before the Pack put two runners on base in the top of the seventh but was unable to score.
In the home half UCCS rallied with two outs hitting a double and a single to produce the game winner in a 2-1 Pack defeat.
Pack starter Lexie Martindale (Sr., P, Pueblo, Colo.) went 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs, both earned on seven hits scattered and five strikeouts.
CSU-Pueblo (12-18, 9-13 RMAC) ends the series Monday with another doubleheader starting at 11 AM at Mountain Lion 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.