Rangers Lose First Two in ThunderWolves Matchup
PUEBLO, Colo.: The Ranger softball team recorded two losses to the ThunderWolves of Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday. They fell 4-5 in the first game and 2-6 in the second game in the double header.
The Rangers kicked off the first game dropping three runs to CSU, before earning three runs of their own in the second inning. In the second, senior Natalie Adami reached on an error by the second baseman. Freshman Taylor Wilcox followed up with a single to right field, moving Adami to second. Senior Nikki Haberkorn tallied an RBI by singling to center field. Haberkorn and Wilcox each stole a base and junior Alyssa Beskid picked up a walk. Freshman Rachel Illias scored two with a single up the middle.
The Rangers scored their final run in the third inning when sophomore Breanna Backlund singled to the short stop. She was moved over by Adami who singled through the left side and scored when Wilcox grounded out to the shortstop.
The ThunderWolves scored one run in the fifth and sixth innings to grab the win.
Junior Shannon Massine went 2-for-4 with two singles and Illias had one hit that scored two runs. Four other Ranger women had one hit apiece.
Haberkorn (2-8) will pick up the loss after taking the mound in the sixth inning. She faced five batters, striking out two and allowing two hits and one run. Freshman Sydney Gaffin saw five innings in the circle, starting the game for the Rangers. She struck out one and allowed nine hits and four runs in 24 batters faced.
The Rangers lost 2-6 in the second game. The Rangers scored their only two runs in the third inning after Illias tripled to center field. She was driven in by Massine with a single up the middle. Massine stole second and advanced to third by a groundout by Backlund. Wilcox picked up a sacrifice fly to center to bring Massine home.
The ThunderWolves scored two in the third to follow the Rangers and picked up two in the fourth and two in the sixth to close in the win.
Haberkorn will record the loss after pitching five innings. She allowed one walk, four runs and seven hits in 24 batters faced. Freshman Molly Tyler saw an inning in the circle, striking out one and allowing one walk, two runs and three hits in seven batters.
The women will play the second half of the double header Sunday, March 18th at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.