PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com – Apr. 27, 2014) — Needing two wins to claim a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and the right to host next weekend's conference tournament, the Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team overcame an early first game deficit to post a 3-1 win. They then had an early 1-0 lead in the second game, only to give up 10 runs over three innings before a valiant comeback fell short in a 10-6 defeat to visiting Metro State University in the second game of a twilight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday at Rawlings Field.
Despite the split, the Pack still took three of four games from the region's fifth ranked team in the weekend series and will enter the RMAC Tournament, which begins Thursday in Grand Junction, as the No. 2 seed. The Pack, who went 26-19 overall and 23-11 in RMAC play during the regular season will play seventh-seeded Regis (22-26, 21-17 RMAC) in their first game of the double-elimination tournament.
Metro State (25-15, 20-11 RMAC), which entered the weekend in first place in the RMAC standings, will be the No. 4 seed and will take on fifth-seeded Adams State in the opening round.
After claiming come-from-behind victories in both of Saturday's games, the Pack did the same in the first game on Sunday, pushed back five hours to 4 p.m. because of overnight rains.
The Roadrunners scored the opening run in the third inning before a 2-run Sidney Bailey (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) triple in the bottom of the fourth scored both Brittany Styger (Sr., Kent, Wash.) and Moriah Turney (Fr., Brighton, Colo.) as the Pack went ahead 2-1.
Dora Hernandez (So., Benton City, Wash.) then added a homerun of the scoreboard in left field to give the Pack an insurance run in the fifth.
Meanwhile, junior Kelli Henry (Monument, Colo.) was in control from her spot in the circle giving up just three hits and a single run while earning her 10th win of the season.
Bailey went 3-for-3 to lead the offensive attack while Jasmine Vogel (Jr., Oceanside, Calif.) went 2-for-4.
In the second game, which got underway at 6 p.m., the Pack scored the opening run in the bottom of the first as Vogel singled to centerfield before advancing to second on a throwing error by Roadrunner pitcher Cassidy Smith. After a pair of outs were recorded at third base on fielder's choice plays, Samantha Avii (Sr., San Diego, Calif.) delivered a 2-out single that scored Hernandez from second.
Meanwhile, the Pack defense and starting pitcher Madison Wolfe (So., Oxnard, Calif.) held the Roadrunners to just one hit in the first three innings before a 6-run fourth, that included a Mary Towner double and Chelsea Brew homer put the Roadrunners in control.
With momentum behind them, they added back-to-back solo homers in the top of the fifth and scored two more runs on a Kelsey Tillery double in the fifth, quickly building a 10-1 lead.
Facing the run-rule, the Pack responded in the bottom of the sixth as Lacey Chesser (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.) blasted her seventh homer of the season, a 3-run shot, to right field to cut the deficit to 10-4.
Ariel Lopez (Jr., Fontana, Calif.) then doubled home Alexa Snyder (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) in the seventh before a Chesser RBI single scored Lopez to complete the scoring.
Snyder went 3-for-4 in the game and swiped two more bases while Chesser went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Lopez also had a 2-for-4 game.
Avii, Chesser and Styger were all honored before the doubleheader during Senior Day festivities.