ThunderWolves split league doubleheader with MSU Denver

ThunderWolves split league doubleheader with MSU Denver

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 4, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo junior Jason Lighthall (Littleton, Colo.) hurled a complete game and totaled three RBIs in an 11-1 victory on the back end of a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader with Metro State University of Denver Saturday. The Pack lost the first game 5-3.

Lighthall pitched seven complete with seven strikeouts. He allowed one run on eight hits. The junior also batted for the Pack, as he went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Both his hits went for extra bases with a double and a triple. He didn't issue a walk in the outing and drew one at the plate.

The ThunderWolves totaled 10 hits with two other batters recording multi-hit games. Batting in the seventh spot, Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored. Senior Brandon Castaneda (Azusa, Calif.) added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored.

In the first of game two, Lighthall tripled to plate junior Zach Hoffman (South Jordan, Utah). In the third, the Pack scored five two-out runs to open up a 6-0 advantage. Lighthall added a two-RBI double in the inning.

The home team totaled five more in the fifth to post the 11-0 lead. The lone Roadrunner run came in the top of the sixth.

In game one, the teams traded solo runs in the first. Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) scored after he recorded a triple down the right field line.  

The Pack scored twice in the second to take the 3-1 lead. Senior Derron Davis (Las Vegas, Nev.) started the inning with his first long ball of the season over the right field fence. The second run came off the bat of Hoffman, the starter on the mound, when he plated David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) on a triple down the right field line.

Unfortunately, the runs didn't come in the final five innings for the ThunderWolves. MSU Denver plated three runs in the fifth to open the 4-3 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Pack had the tying run thrown out at home on a perfect throw from the Roadrunner left fielder. The out was the third of the inning and the first batter for MSU Denver in the seventh sent the ball over the left field fence for the insurance run.

Both teams totaled eight hits in the game, as the Pack's lone two-hit batter was Davis at 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.

Hoffman pitched 4.2 innings in the loss. He allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and zero walks.

The Pack and Roadrunners will complete the four-game series Sunday at 12 p.m. in a nine inning contest.

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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