PUEBLO, Colo. (March 2, 2017) – One month into their 2017 season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball opens Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a four-game home series against Metro State University Denver beginning Friday at 2 p.m. at Rawlings Field.
The Pack and the Roadrunners will meet in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. This series will conclude Sunday with a 12 p.m. clash between CSU-Pueblo and MSU Denver.
During non-conference play, the Pack posted a 6-8 record. They will enter RMAC play with the fifth best overall record in the conference. MSU Denver went 4-6 in non-conference play, seventh-best overall.
Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) was on a tear during the Pack's series with Lubbock Christian University, leading the Pack to a split of the four-game set. Castaneda batted .643 for the series, going 9-for-14 with two doubles. This effort earned him his first RMAC Player of the Week Award of his career.
Castaneda scored five times during the series and drove in three runs. He did not strike out once during the series. Castaneda has been the toughest batter to strike out in the RMAC. The Pack's shortstop has only struck out once in 50 plate appearances.
Catcher Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) leads the RMAC with 14 RBIs. Romero leads the Pack with a .422 batting average, seventh-best in the RMAC.
Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) leads the RMAC with 26 strikeouts. He also has thrown the most innings of any pitcher in the conference (26.0). Lazcano has a 2.08 ERA, sixth-best in the RMAC. He ranks second in the conference with two wins.
Bret Ricklefs (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) has transitioned into the closer role for the Pack. Ricklefs has two saves, tying him for the conference lead. He has also posted a 2.70 ERA and six strikeouts through 6.2 innings this season.
Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) ranks second in the RMAC with five stolen bases. Hoffman also leads the RMAC with two triples.
The Pack has been the second-best offensive team in the RMAC, scoring 76 runs. Their .294 team batting average ranks third.
Friday's showdown with the Roadrunners kicks off an eight-game homestand for the Pack. CSU-Pueblo will host Colorado School of Mines next week at Rawlings Field.
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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.