GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - (GoThunderWolves.com - May 1, 2014) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team opened the first round of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament with an 11-6 victory over Regis on Thursday in Grand Junction, Colo.
The ThunderWolves' lineup proved to be too much as they collected eleven runs on twelve hits, six of which were doubles.
Regis got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the top of the second inning, but the ThunderWolves quickly responded with two runs of their own in their half of the inning when Kennedy Smith (Fr., Fillmore, Calif.) led off with a single through the left side. One out later, Moriah Turney (Fr., Brighton, Colo.) doubled to right centerfield, scoring Smith.
Jasmine Vogel (Jr., Oceanside, Calif.) then stepped to the plate with two runners on base, would hit an RBI-double of her own, tying the game after two innings.
The third inning was not kind to the Pack's starting pitcher Kelli Henry (Jr., Monument, Colo.), she surrendered four runs on just one hit but two walked batters and an defensive error was costly as the Pack found themselves down 6-2.
The score would remain the same until the bottom of the fourth when Brittany Styger (Sr., Kent, Wash.) led off the inning with a double to right centerfield, followed by another double from Sidney Bailey (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.), scoring Styger.
The next four batters would all reach base setting the stage for Ariel Lopez (Jr., Fontana, Calif.) who hit a double with the bases loaded, snagging two RBIs, tying the game again at six apiece. Two more runs in the inning would give the Pack an 8-6 lead after four innings.
Samantha Avii (Sr., San Diego, Calif.) who came on to pitch to start the top of the fourth inning in relief, threw four solid innings, giving up only two hits the rest of the game in shutting down the Rangers.
Another RBI-double from Lopez in the bottom of the fifth to go with an RBI-single by Lacey Chesser (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.) sealed the win for the Pack.
Avii (6-2) picked up the win for the ThunderWolves.
On the day the Pack had four players collect at least two hits, led by Lopez who went 2-5 with two doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored.
CSU-Pueblo will next play UC-Colorado Springs on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the CMU Softball Field.
Earlier in the day UCCS defeated Chadron State 4-3 in extra innings to earn the spot in the second round.