(Neb.)-ThunderWolves Claim Two Wins In Wild Tripleheader
CHADRON – Big innings proved to be the difference for Colorado State Univeristy-Pueblo during Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tripleheader against Chadron State College.
The ThunderWolves, now 24-13 and 22-11 in the RMAC, scored 10 runs in the first inning and made them stand up in their 10-2 victory during the opening game and they scored eight runs in a come-from-behind 16-12 win in the day’s finale.
Chadron State (15-29, 12-21 RMAC) also took advantage of a big inning, scoring five in the bottom of the fifth en route to its 15-7 win.
The two teams played a tripleheader because of Sunday’s poor weather forecast. The squads will try to play one game Sunday, weather permitting, at 11 a.m.
The Eagles led wire-to-wire in the second game and 20 batters came to the plate in the first two innings. Angela Jay hit a two-run home run and after the Eagles loaded the bases, Jessica Eatmon drove a long double to right field to score three more runs.
Chadron State scored four more runs in the second. Brittany Chacon led off with a double and Katie Londo drove her in a batter later with a single to left field. Amy Schartz then drew a walk and Stephanie Townsend, who earned the win in the circle, and Nikki Ritzen followed with RBI singles.
The ThunderWolves responded with five runs in the top of the third to cut the lead to 9-5 but CSC answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Londo led off the fifth with a towering home run to center field. Schartz and Townsend then reached after a base on balls and being hit by a pitch to set up Katelyn McBeth for a two-run double.
Eatmon then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Amanda Einspahr, who was pinch running for McBeth, to third base. Following the sacrifice, Ashlynn Marino hit to shortstop but the speedy Einspahr had no problem crossing the plate.
The Eagles had a chance to end the third game in five innings, as well. They led 11-5 in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to score two more runs to inflict the mercy rule.
Pueblo took advantage of their chance, scoring eight runs, six of them unearned, in the top of the sixth and adding three more in the seventh en route to its 16-12 win.
Chadron State finished the hard luck loss with 15 hits. Chacon went 4-for-5, Schartz drove in three runs and McBeth hit a grand slam.
Sidney Bailey, who came into the game in the fifth inning, led Pueblo with six runs driven in, including a grand slam in the sixth inning.
(Courtesy Chadron State College)
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