Softball locks in No. 2 seed in RMAC Tourney

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Junior second baseman Brooke Lovas fields a ground ball against Adams State at The Regency Athletic Complex Feb. 20 in the first game of the doubleheader.
Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

MSU Denver softball completed their regular season on a four-game winning streak after beating Colorado Mesa and Black Hills State April 23 in South Dakota.

The wins secured a No. 2 spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament set to begin April 28.

In the first game against Colorado Mesa, the 2-1 score indicated how close of a matchup it was throughout the game.

With the scored tied at 1-1 and sophomore shortstop Kristyn Peters up to bat in the top of the eighth inning, she smacked a triple to deep left field scoring sophomore second baseman Annika Anderson. Colorado Mesa was unable to respond in the bottom of the inning as the Roadrunners won the close game 2-1.

Junior Cassidy Smith pitched an outstanding game allowing only one run on five hits to earn her tenth win of the season.

MSU Denver came out ahead in the second game as they went on to defeat Black Hills state 9-0 in five innings.

The Roadrunners started out hot and stayed consistent on offense throughout the game. In each of the first three innings they scored two runs.

Smith and sophomore first baseman Carissa Terry each drove in two runs during that span. MSU Denver added another run in the fourth inning off an Anderson single to make the score 7-0.

Freshman shortstop/catcher Caitie Booco and junior outfielder Liberty Nelson made noise in the top of the fifth inning as they each drove in a run extending the large lead to 9-0. Black Hills State was unable to get a run home and the game ended with the Roadrunners victory.

The strong defense came from senior Kailey Christensen as she picked up her fourth win of the season in the shutout victory allowing only five hits in the game.

With the two big wins, MSU Denver finished out the regular season 31-17 overall and 25-9 in the conference.

The RMAC softball tournament bracket was announced April 24. MSU Denver will travel to Grand Junction on April 28 facing one of the hottest team in the league. To open the tournament, they will take on seventh-seeded CSU-Pueblo.

The Thunderwolves went on an impressive late run to get into the competition, impressively winning their last 11 games of the year.

The championship game is set for April 30, with a second game, if necessary to follow.

All games will be streamed live and free of charge on RMACSPORTS.TV.com.

Author: Nick Reilly

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