ThunderWolves clinch RMAC Tournament berth with Saturday split at Mines

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GOLDEN, Colo. The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team clinched a spot in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament after splitting its final series of the regular season at Colorado School of Mines. The Pack won 3-0 in game one Saturday and dropped the series finale 7-1 at CSM Softball Field.

Needing a big weekend on the road and help from around the league to move in the postseason picture, the CSU-Pueblo pitching staff came out firing against the potent CSM lineup.

In game one, Pack pitcher Hannah Anderson (R-Jr., Spokane, Wash.) was stellar in the circle, going the distance and allowing no runs and five hits in the 3-0 Pack victory.

The ThunderWolves got on the board first in the third inning on a passed ball. The Pack would tack on two more runs in the next at-bat on a RBI-single from Gabby Moreno (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) and a sac flyout from Sabrina Felix (Jr., Corona, Calif.).

The Orediggers put runners on base in each of the first five innings. Anderson pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning with only one out and induced two ground ball outs.

Anderson retired the Orediggers in order during the sixth and seventh innings to complete the 3-0 shutout win. Anderson improves to 3-4 on the year.

In the series finale, Marissa Piatt (So., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) got things started with an RBI-single in the first inning.

CSM scored seven runs in the second and third inning combined to jump out to a 7-1 lead.

The ThunderWolves were held without a hit over the last four innings and succumbed to the 7-1 defeat.

Pack starting pitcher Samantha Riesen (Jr., Independence, Calif.) was tagged with the loss.

CSU-Pueblo (14-28, 13-25 RMAC) awaits the official announcement from the RMAC to find out what seed the ThunderWolves will be. The RMAC Tournament is May 2-4 and will be played in Grand Junction, Colo. at the site of conference champion Colorado Mesa University.