PUEBLO, Colo. (March 9, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball will try to earn its first series win of 2017 when the Pack host Colorado School of Mines in a four game series at Rawlings Field, starting Friday at 1 p.m.
This four-game swing will continue with a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The Pack and Orediggers will play a pair of seven-inning games in Saturday's matinee. CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Mines will meet in the series finale Sunday at 12 p.m.
Both teams split their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series last weekend. The Pack went 2-2 against Metro State University of Denver last weekend. The Orediggers posted a 2-2 record on the road at New Mexico Highlands University. CSU-Pueblo owns an 8-10 record, while the Orediggers stand 6-5.
Kyle Lazcano (Sr. Anaheim Hills, Calif.) earned RMAC Pitcher of the Week honors following a career-high 12 strikeouts last Friday against the Roadrunners. Lazcano lasted six innings surrendering no earned runs, five hits and three walks.
Friday's 12 strikeout performance by Lazcano continued a string of dominating starts by the right hander. Lazcano leads the RMAC with a 3-0 record. His 38 strikeouts and 32.0 innings pitched also top the conference.
Lazcano ranks fourth in the RMAC with a 1.69 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .218 against Lazcano, the fourth worst average in the RMAC. Lazcano's 38 punch outs rank 18th nationally.
Jason Lighthall (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) delivered a breakthrough performance against the Roadrunners Saturday. Lighthall went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, and walk. He drove in three runs and scored three times. On the mound, Lighthall threw a complete game, allowing just one run and eight hits. He did not walk a batter, while striking out seven over seven innings.
Offensively, the Pack found a groove against the Roadrunners, scoring 44 runs over the four-game stretch, an average of 11 per game. The ThunderWolves rank second in the RMAC with 118 runs on the season,
Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) leads the Pack in two of three triple crown categories. Romero has blasted two of team's five home runs this season. He has also driven in a team-best 18 runs. Romero's 18 RBIs ranks third in the RMAC. Romero is now hitting .400.
Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) caught fire against the Roadrunners. Duarte drove in seven runs against MSU Denver. He scored four times. He went 6-for-13 (.461) over the four game set.
David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) provided some pop the ninth spot in the order. Gunther went 6-fo-13 in the series against the Roadrunners. He scored six times and drove in four runs.
Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) and Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) continue to provide consistency in the middle of the Pack's order. Sauceda ranks ninth in the RMAC with a .487 on base percentage. Castaneda shares third place in the RMAC, along with Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah), with 16 runs scored.
Hoffman leads the RMAC with four triples. His seven stolen bases ranks second.
This series against the Orediggers wraps up an eight-game homestand for the Pack. They will hit the road for their next eight games following this four-game set with Mines.
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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.