The MSU Denver softball team earned a four-game sweep in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament April 28- 30 punching their ticket to the NCAA Division II tournament May 5 in Texas.
The Roadrunners defeated CSU-Pueblo 4-1 to capture the RMAC title in the Championship game.
MSU Denver turned to their ace of staff, junior pitcher Cassidy Smith who took the mound to start against CSU-Pueblo. She pitched a complete game and surrendered five hits and only one run. Smith was awarded the RMAC Tournament MVP.
Each team paced themselves well and the score remained tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore catcher Sarena Espinoza showcased her swing when she drilled a double into left center field. Senior center fielder Colissa Bakovich scored as MSU Denver took a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Kristyn Peters increased the lead to 3-0 with a single to right centerfield.
The Roadrunners extended the lead to 4-0 as junior Brooke Lovas singled allowing sophomore Annika Anderson to score in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Thunderwolves finally got on the board in the sixth when senior Madison Wolfe singled up the middle scoring teammate Moriah Turney for their only run of the game.
MSU Denver finished the regular season 35-17 overall and 25-9 in RMAC play. Including the four playoff games, the Roadrunners are on an eight-game winning streak heading into the NCAA tournament.
The Roadrunners begin regional play May 5 as they travel to Texas to play West Texas A&M. MSU Denver is seeded No. 8 in the region. West Texas A&M is the No. 1 seed with a record of 52-2. This marks the third consecutive National Tournament for the Roadrunners under head coach Annie Van Wetzinga.
The softball program will look to make a deep run and compete for a national title.