GOLDEN, Colo. (April 9, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team finished a four game series at Colorado Mines losing the final two games 7-6 (8 inn.) and 15-1 (5 inn.) Monday at CSM Softball Field.
Michaela Burpee (Jr., Union City, Calif.) led with three hits in the doubleheader.
A walkoff homerun by Colorado Mines lifted the home team in extra innings in the first game.
In game one, CSU-Pueblo found themselves down 2-0 after two innings. Pack starting pitcher K'Lee Kent (Sr., Hobbs, NM) got out of a bases loaded jam and allowed just one run to score in what could have been a big frame.
The Pack put pressure on the defense from the onset and converted for three runs in the fourth inning. The ThunderWolves loaded the bases with no outs to begin the fourth and scored the first run on a fielder's choice.
Another run scored in the next at bat on a defensive error on the infield. The Pack's Jordan Sheard (Jr., Broomfield, Colo.) capped the scoring as she laid down a sac bunt to bring the score to 4-3.
The home team responded with a leadoff homerun in their half inning.
The ThunderWolves plated their next run in the fifth when Shelby Bennett (Jr., Norco, Calif.) fought off a full-count pitch to centerfield scoring Burpee.
Making her second appearance of the season and weekend for CSU-Pueblo, Andria Skeels (Fr., Kennewick, Wash.) tossed five innings and allowed three runs and six hits.
In the home half of the seventh the ThunderWolves held the one run lead until the Orediggers first three batters accounted for the tying run to cross on a sac flyout.
Skeels pitched out of the inning and left two runners on base getting a groundball out.
The ThunderWolves were retired in order in the eighth setting up the Orediggers walkoff hit.
The series finale the Pack managed one run in the contest and got both of their hits in the first inning highlighted by an RBI single by Burpee.
Mines scored three four-run innings to come away with the series sweep.
CSM pitcher Claire Stringfellow allowed the one run and two hits to go with one strikeout.
CSU-Pueblo (9-30, 7-21 RMAC) returns home and hosts New Mexico Highlands Apr. 14-15 for four games at Rawlings 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.