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(Neb)-Eagles Split DH With CSU-Pueblo

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/18/2017 08:02 PM
CHADRON, Neb.  --  After a crushing 7-5 loss in the opening game on a pair of 7th inning home runs, the Chadron State softball team bounced back in Game 2 with a 2-1 victory in a pitcher's duel to split a home doubleheader Saturday against Colorado State University-Pueblo.

       The split leaves the Eagles 8-0 in one-run games this season, but only 10-14 overall and 8-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while Pueblo stands 10-12 and 7-7.

      The CSC win went to Kinsley Mason, who allowed only 2 hits in 6 innings, while Dallas Magnusson pitched the last inning to earn her third save .

        Offensively, CSC junior left fielder Aspen Eubanks was 3-of-6 on the day with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs in the opener and an RBI double and run scored in the second game. Center fielder Lindsey Karlin went 3-of-5 with a walk.

"We have to start off a little bit better," said CSC Head Softball Coach Rob Stack. "We were down in the first inning of both of those games. We challenged our girls this week to start off better at home and shut them down from the get-go, from the top of the first inning, and then try to distance ourselves.

 We did have an opportunity in the first game to get a bit of a differential between us and them, but they're a good team. They won two one-run games last weekend against Adams State, and one of those games they scored four or five runs in the final inning to win.

We knew that they have it in them to do that, just like we had it in us last weekend at Regis. We had our hands full and we knew that coming in."

In the first game, Pueblo scored in the 1st inning, but the Eagles answered with 2 in the 2nd. Kayla Michel walked to lead off and Eubanks hit her first of two homers to go up 2-1, then Ellie Owens, walked, freshman
Allie Mason doubled, and Taylor Bauer's sac fly plated Owens for a 3-1 lead.

The teams traded runs in the 4th as Pueblo 2nd-sacker Moriah Turney's solo shot in the top of the inning was matched by Eubanks' long ball in the bottom.

The Thunderwolves scored again in the top of the 6th on a pair of hits and an error, but CSC answered against with a Karlin double and a single by Zoe Humphries which plated pinch-runner Alyssa Geist.

Things fell apart in the 7th for the Eagles as a walk and a soft single were followed up by a 3-run homer by Pueblo pitcher Lexie Martindale. The next batter, Michaela Burpee, also homered and Martindale set down the Eagles 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 7th.

The only runs of the second game came in the first two innings. As in the opener, Pueblo scored first - this time on a leadoff home run from Gabby Moreno - and the Eagles answered in the 2nd.

Humphries was hit-by-pitch leading off, Eubanks brought in pinch-runner Katelyn Eldredge with a double, and Allie Mason followed with her second double to bring in what would be the winning run for her older sister .

The rest was up to the Eagle pitching duo. Kinsley Mason didn't give up a hit after a double in the 2nd, but had to work around single walks in the 3rd and 5th and 2 in the 6th - the last intentional.

Mason was checked for a back issue in the 6th and Stack brought in Magnusson for the 7th and she closed out the win with a perfect inning.

The teams finish up the series with a doubleheader Sunday. First pitch is at 11 a.m.


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