PUEBLO, Colo. (February 17, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball team used a three-run fifth inning to defeat visiting Regis University, 4-3 in a nonconference contest Friday at Rawlings Field.
The ThunderWolves (3-4) overcame three errors to defeat the Rangers (1-3), who totaled eight hits to the Pack's six.
After the Pack scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning to open a 1-0 lead, Regis tallied a single run in each of the second, third and fourth innings to take the 3-1 advantage.
Designated hitter Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) led off the inning with a walk and then scored when Tanner Fuhrmann (Jr., 3B, Flagstaff, Ariz.) doubled to left field. Nine-hole hitter Jorge Duarte (Jr., LF, San Luis, Ariz.) stepped up next and ripped the ball down the right field line and into the corner to plate Fuhrman and slide into third for a triple. The hit tied the game 3-3 and ended the day for Regis starter Brad Thoutt.
The winning run came off the bat of lead-off hitter Zach Hoffman (Jr., CF, South Jordan, Utah), who put the ball into the outfield for a sacrifice fly to score Duarte.
The Rangers left a runner on in the sixth, seventh and eighth, but starting pitcher Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim, Calif.) and relief pitcher Bret Ricklefs (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) kept RU off the scoreboard.
Lazcano improved to 2-0 after hurling 7.1 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Ricklefs had only recorded one out this season when he entered the game, but successfully got the final five outs for the Pack. He allowed just one hit and fanned one batter.
The ThunderWolves continue their four-game weekend Saturday with a nine-inning affair against Adams State University beginning at 1 p.m.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics