Castaneda rakes his way to RMAC Player of the Week honors

Castaneda rakes his way to RMAC Player of the Week honors

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 28, 2017) –  Brandon Castaneda of the Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball team claimed Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors Tuesday.

Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) caught fire in the Pack's series at Lubbock Christian University. The Pack's shortstop went 9-for-14 for the weekend, batting .643 in four games. He posted a .667 on-base percentage.

In the Pack's series with the Chaps, Castaneda scored five times. He also drove in three runs. Castaneda slugged two doubles for the Pack.

Castaneda went 3-for-4 in the series opener with a run and a RBI to lead the Pack to a 4-3 win. He followed it up with another 3-for-4 effort in game one of a doubleheader Saturday. Castaneda topped himself in this game scoring two runs and plating a pair of teammates to help the Pack to a 12-5 win.

On Sunday, Castaneda went 2-for-3. He would score the Pack's only run against the Chaps. He did not strikeout once during the series. Castaneda has been the toughest batter to strikeout in the RMAC this season, having been rung up just once in 50 at bats.

Castaneda is now hitting .380 on the season. He ranks second on the Pack with 10 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

CSU-Pueblo now has two RMAC Player of the Week Awards in 2017. Jake Boyd (Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah) earned the honor in week one.

The Pack finished non-conference play with a 6-8 record. CSU-Pueblo will return home to Rawlings Field to meet Metro State University Denver in a four-game series to open RMAC play. The first game of this series will start at 2 p.m. Friday.

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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.