PUEBLO, Colo. The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team completed a four game sweep over New Mexico Highlands posting 6-5 and 5-2 wins Sunday at Rawlings Softball Complex.
As a team the Pack registered 23 hits and scored eleven runs in the two games. Leadoff hitter Gabby Moreno (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.) got five hits on the day and three other Pack players earned four.
With the season winding down and few games left to make an impact on the postseason picture, the ThunderWolves took care of business from the onset.
Game one CSU-Pueblo put runners on base early and took advantage of a couple hit batters, loading the bases in the second but NMHU escaped with no damage.
Highlands scored the first runs of the game in the third on four hits to take a 3-0 lead.
CSU-Pueblo pitcher K'Lee Kent (Sr., Hobbs, NM) started in the circle and tossed three innings and gave up one run.
The Pack converted its heavy traffic on the base paths in the fourth inning scoring five runs highlighted by a grand slam hit by Marissa Piatt (Fr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.), the first homerun of Piatt's young career.
Alyssa Ubrun (Sr., Olympia, Wash.) collected a RBI after reaching on a fielder's choice.
After a scoreless fifth, Highlands evened the score 5-5 on two defensive errors by the ThunderWolves.
The Pack quickly responded and regained the lead in the next at bat when Moreno smacked a triple to right centerfield to leadoff. She later scored on a single by Michaela Burpee (Jr., Union City, Calif.).
In the seventh Anderson got the first out followed by the next two hitters reaching safely. The go-ahead run got into scoring position with just one out before Kent was called on to shut the door. Kent earned her fourth strikeout of the game and enduced a groundball to end the game 6-5 and clinch her first career save.
The series finale the ThunderWolves put up a crooked number in the fourth inning and scored single runs in the third and sixth frames.
The teams exchanged runs in the third. NMHU hit an RBI-double in their half and CSU-Pueblo got its run on an RBI-single by Burpee with one out.
More runs were swapped in the next inning. After the Cowgirls took a one-run lead, the Pack responded and put up three in their at bat. Moreno gathered an RBI hit and back-to-back doubles by Piatt and Kent put the Pack on top 4-2 after four innings.
The Pack tacked on another run in the sixth when Kent earned another RBI on a fielder's choice.
In the circle Kent again slammed the door, throwing seven innings and scattered ten hits and allowed two runs. NMHU got two runners on base in the final inning and Kent got her sixth strikeout to end the game 5-2.
In the series Moreno, Piatt and Morgan Hatfield (Jr., Upland, Calif.) had seven hits and as a team the ThunderWolves hit seven doubles, two triple and a pair of homeruns. The 27 RBIs recorded is a season high in a four-game set.
Pack pitching was stellar in the four games. The duo of Anderson-Kent went 4-0 and posted a 1.35 ERA. Kent pitched 15.2 innings and allowed three earned runs and had eleven strikeouts.
Anderson pitched 10.1 innings, allowed two earned runs and threw six strikeouts. She held the Cowgirls to a .233 batting average.
With the sweep CSU-Pueblo (13-30, 11-21 RMAC) remains alive in the postseason picture going to the final two weeks of the regular season.
Next up the Pack travel to Fort Lewis (Apr. 24-25) and begin a four-game series Saturday at noon at FLC Softball Field.