As the temperature dipped below 40 degrees Sunday, the effectiveness of the ThunderWolves' pitching dipped along with it, as Pack hurlers struggled in a 13-7 loss to Metro State.
The Pack gave up four runs in the first inning, and were stuck playing catch up for the rest of the day. Before it was all said and done, six hurlers were on the mound for the ThunderWolves, with the Pack's strength the first three games of the series - relief pitching - breaking down in the cold air at Rawlings Field.
Pack bats had some success, led by Bryant Veiga (Jr., Hemet, Calif.) who finally nailed a monstrous home run over the left-centerfield fence after three consecutive long fly outs to leftfield in his previous three at bats. Veiga finished the day 2-for-5, scoring two runs and adding two RBI.
Rutger Bovard (Sr., Kent, Wash.) also went 2-for-5, knocking in one of the Pack's seven runs.
CSU-Pueblo's loss drops them to an even 2-2 on the young season following the non-conference split with Metro State. The Pack will continue its 20-game home stand next Friday when it hosts Dakota State at Rawlings Field, the first of a four-game set.