COLORADO SPRINGS – The NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning against CSU-Pueblo, but six unanswered runs over the ensuing two frames allowed the ThunderWolves to post a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon at Mountain Lion Field in Colorado Springs.
Mines (33-5-1, 24-3 RMAC) opened the scoring in the bottom of the third as freshman Elise Dugwyler worked a five-pitch, leadoff walk, advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher after senior Macy Jones reached on a fielder's choice and eventually scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
CSU-Pueblo (28-14, 25-12 RMAC) wasted little time overcoming the miscues, taking a 2-1 lead on a first-pitch, two-run home run to left by conference leader Justine Bosio with no outs in the fourth. The ThunderWolves padded the lead with four runs on four hits in the fifth, including a two-out, two-run double down the leftfield line from Carlee Chain.
The Orediggers trimmed the deficit to four in the sixth frame when senior Molly Thiebaut followed back-to-back one-out base hits by junior Sami Springer and sophomore Cassie Ford with an RBI-single, yet the threat was short-lived as Ford was cut down at the plate by the leftfielder to end the at-bat.
Springer, Ford and junior Gianna Duncan each went 2-for-3 at the dish and Thiebaut finished 1-for-3.
Senior Ashley Goletz (13-4) lost for the first time in eight starts, surrendering six earned runs on 10 hits and four walks, while striking out four.