ThunderWolves honor four on Senior Day; Strupp tosses one-hitter

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PUEBLO, Colo. The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball team played its final home games of the season on Saturday for Senior Day. The Pack split the last twin bill at Rawlings Softball Complex, defeating Chadron State 8-0 (5 inn.), before falling 3-2 in the nightcap against Fort Lewis.

Ahead of the doubleheader, the ThunderWolves honored four players who took to the field for the final time at Rawlings Complex. Michaela Burpee (Sr., Union City, Calif.), Morgan Hatfield (Sr., Upland, Calif.), Vivian Ledesma (Sr., Colton, Calif.), and Jordan Sheard (Sr., Broomfield, Colo.) each were honored and presented a gift from the team.

For the day, Sabrina Felix (Jr., Corona, Calif.) and Sheard each collected four hits in the two games. Felix ended the day with three RBIs.

In game one, Pack pitcher Taylor Strupp (Sr., San Tan Valley, Ariz.) had her best outing of her young career, nearly tossing a perfect game to lead the Pack in a 8-0 run-ruled victory against Chadron. The frosh allowed only one hit against CSC and zero walks in five innings pitched. Strupp fanned three Eagle batters.

Strupp carried a perfect game into the fourth inning but a hard hit ground ball on the infield ended that stretch.

As a team, the ThunderWolves offense put up 14 hits and used two, 3-run innings to ground the Eagles.

In their first at-bat, CSU-Pueblo scored three runs on four hits, highlighted by back-to-back doubles hit by Felix and Marissa Piatt (So., San Luis Obispo, Calif.).

Hailey Hicks (Jr., Meridian, Idaho) recorded herself an RBI-hit in the same inning.

The Pack jumped to a commanding 6-0 lead in the fourth on RBI-singles from Sheard, Felix and Piatt.

In the home half of the fifth, Moreno hit an RBI-double to left field and would eventually score the winning run on a Felix single to right field and end the game 8-0 in favor of CSU-Pueblo.

The last game of the season at Rawlings Complex, both the Pack and Fort Lewis pitching brought their A-game. For the ThunderWolves, Samantha Riesen (Jr., Independence, Calif.) went the distance, allowing three runs, two earned and scattered ten hits and two strikeouts.

The ThunderWolves scored two runs in the bottom of the second on RBI-hits by Hicks and Hatfield.

The Skyhawks would cut the lead in half in the next inning and would even the score with another single run in the fourth.

The score remained tied at 2-2 through five innings. The Pack had their best chance at taking the lead in the sixth when two runners were left stranded in scoring position.

FLC manufactured the go-ahead run in the final frame on a defensive throwing error by the Pack.

Down one run going to the final at-bat, the ThunderWolves got the tying run on base but Fort Lewis quietly put them away to come away with a 3-2 win on the road.

With the weekend split, CSU-Pueblo (12-26, 11-23 RMAC) remains alive in the hunt for a postseason berth. The Pack currently sit ninth in the RMAC standings behind Regis and Adams State.

CSU-Pueblo will play the final series of the regular season on the road at Colorado School of Mines starting Friday at CSM Softball Field in Golden, Colo.