CSU-Pueblo Sweeps Mountain Lions
PUEBLO - The Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves stayed alive in the Steel and Silver Series with a softball sweep Wednesday over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
CSU-Pueblo10-4, 8-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) belted eight home runs, including three by Shana Martin, en route to 10-0 and 15-7 wins.
With the losses, Mountain Lions (12-5, 7-3 RMAC) saw their lead in the rivalry series between the schools drop to 15-8. The schools have two softball games and two golf tournaments remaining this year, each worth one point, plus the five points awarded to the department whose student-athletes achieve the highest grade point average. UCCS won the inaugural Steel and Silver Series last year.
The Mountain Lions were dominated in Game 1, being shut out for the first time this year on a season-low three hits.
After the Thunderwolves scored three times in the first inning, Martin belted a two-run shot and Brittny Barnes followed with a solo shot to give CSU-Pueblo a 6-0 lead. Martin's three-run blast highlighted a four-run fourth that put the game away.
UCCS took an early 3-0 lead in Game 2 when Lindsay Shandera brought one run home with a sacrifice fly. That was followed by an RBI single by Sarah Cleland and a run-scoring double by Tasha Pagdilao.
The Thunderwolves answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Rachel Hancock's solo home run, UCCS' lone long ball of the day, tied the game. The Mountain Lions added three runs in the third but could not hold the lead. CSU-Pueblo tallied six in the bottom of the third and five more in the fourth to turn it into a rout.
Libby White (7-2) took the loss in the opener and Stacy Ortiz (5-3) was tagged with the loss in the nightcap.
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