April 23, 2010

Pack arms implode at Kearney

Nebraska-Kearney 19, CSU-Pueblo 9

KEARNEY, Neb. - CSU-Pueblo gave up 19 runs Friday, undoing 15 ThunderWolf hits as the Pack fell 19-9 at Nebraska-Kearney.

The game was a shootout from the beginning, as the ThunderWolves scored runs in all but three innings and the Lopers scored in all but two innings. 

CSU-Pueblo took its first lead in the third inning when it went on top of Kearney 5-2 after a trio of RBI singles.  But Kearney evened the score immeditately, tying the game at five after three innings complete.

An RBI single by Jon Proesl (Sr., California City, Calif.) and an RBI double by Juan Martinez (Sr., Caricuao, Venezuela) put the Pack back up 7-5 in the top of the 4th, but again the Lopers produced a three-run inning to go up 8-7 on CSU-Pueblo, never to lose the lead again.

The ThunderWolves entered the bottom of the 7th inning with a fighting chance, trailing just 11-9, but a six-run 7th inning by the Lopers all but ended the Pack's night.

The loss is a costly one, as the ThunderWolves fall out of first place in the RMAC Plains Division for the first time since early March.  CSU-Pueblo, now trailing Nebraska-Kearney by a half-game in the standings, will need two wins in the series-ending doubleheader tomorrow vs. the Lopers.