Eagles split series with ThunderWolves
The Eagles were outscored with a total of 24-23 runs in four games against Colorado State University-Pueblo Saturday and Sunday. The Eagles split the games winning the second game each day.
“In general, I think we had really great moments this weekend, but also moments that we need to improve on,” Aspen Eubanks, junior of Broomfield, Colorado, said. “Our pitchers did amazing, and now we just have to make sure we always back them up.”
The ThunderWolves won the first game Saturday 7-5. Pueblo took the early lead in the match-up scoring on a pass ball in the first inning. The Eagles adjusted and went up 3-1 after the second inning after a two-run homer from Eubanks. Taylor Bauer, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, scored Ellie Owens, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, with a sacrifice fly. The teams each scored once in the fourth and sixth, including another Eubanks home run, giving the Eagles the 6-3 lead going into the final inning, but the ThunderWolves brought around four and the Eagles didn’t score again. Pitcher Lexie Martindale, senior of Pueblo, Colorado, scored herself and two others in the final inning with a home run and Michaela Burpee, sophomore of Union City, California, earned the final run for the ThunderWolves.
Jessica Jarecki, freshman of Littleton, Colorado, allowed 10 hits, seven runs, and two walks while only striking out three in the game.
“Home runs are going to happen,” Eubanks said. “But on defense, in order to make them less significant, we have to get the outs we are supposed to.”
The Eagles turned things around the second game though, winning 2-1.
Pueblo again took the early lead, sending one over the fence in the first inning.
But the Eagles again went up 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Eubanks and Allie Mason, freshman of Loveland, Colorado, each tallied an RBI after hitting doubles.
Kinsley Mason, senior of Loveland, Colorado, only allowed two hits and one run in six innings. She walked four and sat down three.
Sunday, the results were the same CSU-P won the first game 10-8, while CSC took the second, 8-6.
Jarecki threw for six innings in the first game allowing six hits, six runs, and seven walks. Dallas Magnusson, sophomore of Sterling, Colorado, pitched the final inning allowing four hits and four runs.
There were a total of seven unearned runs in the match-up and the teams combined for nine errors.
But both teams cleaned up for the final game of the weekend, marking only one Pueblo error.
The Eagles started the game 5-0 after the first inning.
Eubanks knocked in her third home run for the only CSC score in the third. The final two runs for the Eagles came in the sixth.
Pueblo scored two in the third and two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the seventh, which allowed the game to end without needing the last half of the seventh inning.
Kinsley Mason pitched five complete, allowing 11 hits, but only five runs. Megan Horn, freshman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, pitched two allowing two hits and one run. Each struck out two.
The Eagles will be at home again this weekend against Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota.
“It was great having our home crowd there this weekend,” Eubanks said. “It made the games more fun when things got tough. I’m excited to have another home game, and more opportunities to play in front of our great crowd!”
The doubleheader will begin at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
BHSU is 3-17 overall and 1-11 RMAC.
CSC is 11-15 overall and 8-7.
“Black Hills always plays well against us,” Eubanks said. “So we just have to come out ready to play and believe in ourselves to get the job done! We need to continue to get better every day, and like Coach always says, ‘Play like we are going to win every game!’”