ThunderWolves rally to top Mesa in softball

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of the first game Sunday, leading the ThunderWolves to an RMAC doubleheader sweep of Mesa State College, 5-3 and 4-0.

The Mavericks led 3-2 after scoring one run in the top of the sixth, but Janine Tyler led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, sparking the ThunderWolves’ three-run inning.

Tyler advanced to third on a bunt single and scored after Ashley Aldrich struck out, but the ThunderWolves pulled a double steal, with Kelly Purcell stealing second and Tyler stealing home.

A pair of singles broke the 3-3 tie.

The Mavericks managed only five hits and despite CSU-Pueblo committing four errors, couldn’t score more than one run in any inning.

The ThunderWolves completed the doubleheader sweep when CSU-Pueblo’s Kelsey Swanberg scattered three hits, all singles.

Jessica Rayman allowed four runs on six hits in only two innings. Cierra Lard threw the final four innings, allowing ony two hits, but the Mavericks (13-15, 9-13 RMAC) couldn’t generate any offense to get back in the game.

The Mavericks had a couple of chances, putting two runners on in each of the fourth and fifth innings but failed to get the runners home.

In the fourth, Gabi Parra led off with a single and Sara Jordan, who took the loss in the first game, walked. Lauren Cross flied out and Ashlee Duffy moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, but Kelsey McCoy, who missed the first 27 games of the season with an injury, struck out.

Two more runners reached in the sixth inning, but Jamie Prather fouled out and Parra grounded out to the pitcher.

The teams wrap up the series, which was pushed back one day because of Thursday’s winter storm, with a doubleheader today in Pueblo.


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