Lazcano K’s his way to RMAC Pitcher of the Week honors

Lazcano K’s his way to RMAC Pitcher of the Week honors

COLORDO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 7, 2017) The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference recognized Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball's Kyle Lazcano as its RMAC Pitcher of the Week Tuesday.

Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) has been dominant throughout the entire first month of the season and his start last Friday against Metro State University of Denver may have been his best yet. The righty struck out 12 Roadrunners to earn his third victory of the season.

In his start Friday, Lazcano lasted six innings. He did not surrender an earned run. Lazcano limited the Roadrunners to five hits and surrendered three walks as he led the Pack to a 19-6 victory and moved Lazcano's record to 3-0.

It seemed like Lazcano's unbeaten record was in jeopardy in the first inning. A single and a pair of misplayed bunts gave the Roadrunners the bases loaded with nobody out just three pitches into the game. Lazcano refocused and fanned the next three batters he faced to strand the bases loaded. This would begin a string of straight Ks for Lazcano.

The only runs that scored on Lazcano came on a single in the third inning. However, an error turned the single into an inside the park home run that scored two runs.

After setting a career-high with 12 punch outs, Lazcano leads the RMAC with 38 strikeouts, nine more than anyone else in the conference. Lazcano's 28 strikeouts ranks 18th nationally. His 32.0 innings also tops the RMAC. He ranks fourth with a 1.69 ERA. Opponents are batting .218 against Lazcano, the fourth worst total in the RMAC. Lazcano's 3-0 record is also the best in the conference.

For Lazcano, this is First RMAC Player of the Week honor of his career and the first Pitcher of the Week award for CSU-Pueblo Baseball in 2017. The Pack has earned three RMAC awards this season. Infielders Jake Boyd (Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah) and Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) have both claimed RMAC Player of the Week Awards in 2017. Boyd received his in week one, while Castaneda took home the honor last week.

Lazcano is expected to start the Pack's game Friday against Colorado School of Mines. The Pack will host the Orediggers in a four game RMAC series starting Friday at 1 p.m. 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.