Sweep by CSU-Pueblo a Low Point for UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 19, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Jenifer Papik and Savannah Byers hit back-to-back home runs twice in the same game Wednesday as the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves swept the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 10-6 and 11-2 at Mountain Lion Field.

The wins kept CSU-Pueblo alive in the Steel and Silver Series. The Thunderwolves now trail UCCS 22-15 in the rivalry series with the menâ€TMs golf regional championship (one point) and highest cumulative grade-point average (five points) yet to be decided. There are also possible playoff games (two points each) in softball, menâ€TMs tennis and womenâ€TMs tennis.

Papik hit a pair of three-run home runs in Wednesdayâ€TMs opener, each of which was followed by a solo shot by Byers. The second occasion was followed by additional solo shots by Jenny Gregorio and Andria Morgan, giving CSU-Pueblo (25-12, 22-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) four consecutive homers. All 10 of the Thunderwolvesâ€TM runs came by way of home runs and all were scored with two outs.

UCCS starter Amanda Ritchie (18-3) had her worst outing of the season, allowing nine runs in 4 2/3 innings. Kathy Shawcroft got the win in relief.

CSU-Pueblo buried the Mountain Lions early in the nightcap, parlaying five hits and three walks by Angie Heronema (5-4) into a seven-run first inning.

Kelsey Swanberg (7-2) made the lead stand, allowing only three hits â€" two of which were solo home runs by UCCSâ€TM Brittni Carlson. The Mountain Lions fell to 30-9 overall and 1-9 in the RMAC.

With the wins, CSU-Pueblo extended its lead for second place in the RMAC to three games.

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