PUEBLO, Colo. (March 11, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball split its doubleheader with Colorado School of Mines Saturday at Rawlings Field. The Pack dropped game one 14-2, but bounced back with an 11-10 victory in game two.
After Saturday's 1-1 day, the Pack still sits one game shy of .500 with a 10-11 record. They own a 4-3 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Colorado Mines stayed above .500 with a 7-6 record. The Orediggers have a 3-4 mark in RMAC games.
The first game belonged to the Orediggers. Mines scored six runs before the Pack got on the board with two in the second inning. Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) and Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) both singled to lead off the inning. They would come around to score on RBI groundouts by David Gunther (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Spencer Daniels (Sr., Saugus, Calif.). These would be the only two runs the Pack scored in a 14-2 defeat.
Devery went 2-for-3 in game one. He recorded a 1-for-3 showing in game two. Devery would score a run and drive in one of the Pack's 11 runs in game two.
Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) was the only other Pack player with multiple hits in game one going 2-for-3. Hoffman walked twice and scored twice in game two.
Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) and the Pack's offense came alive in game two. Sauceda went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. The first baseman stole a base and scored twice. His four RBIs set a new career-high for Sauceda.
Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) drove in three runs in the second game. Davis went 2-for-4 in game two. He scored a run and stole his first base in a Pack uniform.
Mason Telander (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) turned in a 2-for-3 outing in game two. Telander also scored and drove in a run. Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) also had two hits in the second half of the doubleheader.
The Pack fell behind quickly in game two as the Orediggers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Castaneda doubled and scored on a Davis groundout to make it 2-1 after two.
After Mines added one more in the top of the third, the Pack responded with a three run third to take their first lead of the day. Sauceda slugged a single to bring in Gunther and Hoffman. Devery drove in Sauceda to give the Pack a 4-3 lead.
Mines reclaimed the lead with a five-run fourth. This gave the Orediggers an 8-4 advantage.
The ThunderWolves ensured the Mines lead would be short lived as the Pack sent 12 men to the plate in their half of the fourth. Seven runs scored for CSU-Pueblo. Telander brought in Davis with a base knock to give the Pack a 9-8 lead. Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque) slugged a two-run double to put the Pack up 11-8.
With the three-run lead, the Pack turned to Bret Ricklefs (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) to close out the game. Although he gave up two runs in the sixth Ricklefs preserved the lead and earned his third save of the season.
Zach Visinoni (Sr., Paradise, Calif. ) earned the win for the Pack , working 0.2 innings. The win was Visinoni's first in a ThunderWolf uniform.
The Pack and Orediggers will wrap up their series Sunday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.
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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.