Due to a gloomy winter weather forecast for the Chadron area this weekend, the Chadron State College softball games, originally scheduled for CSC Softball Field on March 5-6, will be moved to Pueblo, Colorado, and they will be played instead on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference by-laws.
The games will be played in doubleheader format, beginning at noon on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Forecasts for Pueblo on those two days are mostly sunny with 60-70 degree temperatures.
Tickets are available in advance at GoThunderwolvesTickets.UniversityTickets.com.
CSU-Pueblo (6-1, 3-1 RMAC) took its first loss of the season last weekend at home, while winning a series against Colorado School of Mines in Pueblo. The ThunderWolves’ other wins were a three-game sweep at Western New Mexico.
In seven games, the ThunderWolves are batting .370 as a team, which is the second-best team batting average in the conference. Their team ERA of 3.21 is No. 3.
Leading pitcher Taylor Strupp, a senior, has the third-best ERA in the league at 1.47. Sophomore utility pitcher Katelynn Ralston is batting .529, while freshman outfielder Ashley Tosh bats .500.
Despite their 1-3 start, six Eagles are batting over .300, led by freshman left fielder Aliyah Rothstein at .403. Sophomore utility player Mackenzi Kroll had a breakout game on Sunday with three home runs, and she is slugging over .800. In addition, J’lyssa Martinez and Addison Spears lead the Eagles with seven RBI apiece.
Senior pitcher Gabby Russell lead the CSC bullpen with a 4.76 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 32 and one-third innings. Freshman Kenzi Garner, who earned the Eagles’ first pitching win of the season, has a 5.25 ERA.
With the relocation of this weekend’s games to Pueblo, the CSC home opener will be pushed back by one week. Colorado Christian is due for a visit to Chadron on March 12.