St. George, Utah The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team dropped a pair of games on day two of the Dixie State Classic in St. George, Utah. The ThunderWolves lost 10-1 in six innings against host- No. 9 Dixie State and fell 5-4 in the nightcap against Western Washington.
In the first game against Dixie St., the ThunderWolves were limited to one hit through four innings and collected two hits in the fifth inning to score the Pack's only run of the game.
DSU jumped to an early 3-run lead after the first inning and added a single run in the third for a 4-0 advantage midway through the game.
The tournament-host tacked on three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
K'Lee Kent (Sr., Hobbs, NM) was tabbed with her first loss of the year.
In the nightcap and in a tight matchup against Western Washington, the ThunderWolves gave up single runs in each of the last two innings to succumb to a 5-4 defeat.
Michaela Burpee (Jr., Union City, Calif.) and Vivian Ledesma (Jr., Colton, Calif.) each gathered two RBIs to go with multiple hits. Gabby Moreno (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.) also smacked a pair of hits in three at bats.
After Western Washington took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, the Pack quickly responded in the fourth and got within one run after the Ledesma single to left field.
The Pack took their first lead the following frame on a moonshot off the bat of Burpee to put the Pack on top at the time 4-3.
The home half of the sixth the Vikings evened the score thanks to a successful SAC bunt with the bases loaded and only one out.
In another close game late, the Pack was unable to take advantage of a single in the top of the seventh before setting the stage in the bottom half for WWU.
Three singles to leadoff the inning for WWU, combined with a catcher's intereference call by the home plate umpire resulted in the 5-4 Pack loss.
Kent was snagged with the loss and drops her record to 1-2 on the young season.
CSU-Pueblo (1-3) wraps the tournament Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Northwest Nazarene University.