ASU softball splits weekend series with CSU-P

PUEBLO­—The Adams State University softball team had a weekend 4-game series with the CSU-Pueblo  in which they escaped the Rawlings Softball Complex with a split. They opened up the weekend with a 7-6 walk-off loss before rebounding with a 13-7 win on Saturday that included two four-run innings. On Sunday, the Grizzlies earned a shutout with a 3-0 win before falling 6-4 in the series finale.

In the first game of the series, CSU scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning after ASU led 6-2 entering it.

The ThunderWolves scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third on a RBI-single by Sabrina Felix  scoring Kennedy Smith  who singled to lead off the inning.

Adams State responded with five runs  including two homers in the top of the fourth inning. Alexandria Quintana homered to left field before Tyler Hays hit a 3-run run bomb to score Jasmine Pemble and Kalin Johnson. Marissa Harmon scored a homer to center field in the top of the fifth inning to give the Grizzlies a 5-1 lead before CSU-Pueblo added a run in the sixth on an RBI-double by Moriah Turney.

ASU tacked on a single run in the seventh that was off the bat of Gabrielle Griego on a single down the right field line. That scored Parker.

The ThunderWolves seventh was highlighted by a two-run double by Christa Angers and another RBI-single by Turney to tie the game at 6 before the walkoff hit from Kent that scored  Angers on an unearned run.

In the first inning of the second game, two back-to-back doubles by Gabby Moreno and Felix coupled with a single off the bat of Martindale put them up 2-0 after the first.

The Grizzlies scored six runs over the next two frames including a Hays double, to score Whitney Fields and Pemble before a solo home run from Harmon and a but single by Quintana.

In bottom of the third the ThunderWolves got within one run after plating three runs on Michaela Burpee three-run home runover the right field wall cutting ASU's lead to 6-5.

AS then saw another home run as Hays made the score 7-5 with a solo homer to center field in the fourth inning before Quintana had a 2-RBI homer in the fifth. Two erroneous plays by the ThunderWolves allowed the Grizzlies to really jump up to an 11-5 lead before CSU-Pueblo tacked on single runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

In Sunday's first game, there were just two scoring plays in the 3-0 contest including a double by Johnson in the top of the second to score  Griego before the Grizzlies extended their lead in the fifth on a two-run double hit by ASU designated player April Riggins. Paige Reichmuth and Johnson crossed the plate.

The ThunderWolves had several opportunities to score and left the bases loaded twice including in the sixth inning.

In the series finale CSU-Pueblo used a four run third to get past the Grizzlies.

Moreno scored the games' first run hitting a solo shot in the first before ASU evened the score in the second on three hits and RBI single by Kalin Johnson.

The third inning had seven runs cross the plate between the teams.

Adams State took the lead on five hits and three runs in the top of the inning including a single by Griego, Makenzie Villarreal and a double by Fields.

The ThunderWolves smacked four hits in their half highlighted by a three-run blast by Michaela Burpee.
In the fourth Felix collected another RBI with two outs on a single scoring Moreno to build a 6-4 lead.
The Grizzlies tacked on a run in the sixth by playing small ball and a single by Hays to cut into the lead.
CSU-Pueblo took the one run lead into the final inning but the Grizzlies left two runners stranded.

On the weekend, Tyler Hays was the top Grizzly as she started all four games and hit .625 including going 10-of-16 at the plate with two home runs and eight RBI. She had 17 total bases including a walk. She did not strikeout on the weekend.

In the circle, Lauren Murphy and Whitney Fields each went 1-1 with two complete games. Murphy pitched 13.2 innings while Fields had 13.

Adams State is now 6-16 overall and 5-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and will be back in RMAC action next week when they travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico to take on the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls.