Pack and Cowboys trade wins in Saturday doubleheader

Pack and Cowboys trade wins in Saturday doubleheader

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (March 18, 2017) –  Colorado State University – Pueblo Baseball and New Mexico Highlands University split their doubleheader Saturday with each team winning one of the seven-inning games. The Cowboys rallied to win game on 6-5, while the Pack took game two 10-9.

CSU-Pueblo remains above .500 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a 6-5 mark. The ThunderWolves stand 12-13 overall. NMHU owns a 4-7 RMAC record and an 8-14 overall record.

David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) stayed hot in his return to the Land of Enchantment. Gunther went 5-for-7 between the two games with two RBIs and a run scored.

Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) drove in two runs in the first game. In game two he went 2-for-4 and scored three times. 

The Pack fell behind early in game one. The Cowboys put the game's first run on the board in the very first inning.

CSU-Pueblo's offense came alive in the third with three runs. Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) plated two on a two-run double. Castaneda drove in Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) with a groundout to give the Pack a three-run lead. Sauceda scored twice and walked twice in game one. He went 2-for-5 in game two. 

After the Cowboys tied it in their half of the third, CSU-Pueblo reclaimed the lead in the fourth. Mason Telander (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) brought in Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) with a double. Devery went 2-for-2 with a walk in game one. Telander drove in three runs on the day. 

The Pack added one more insurance run in the fifth. Castaneda drove in Sauceda a second time with a triple. 

Highlands answered in the sixth with three runs to claim a 6-5 win. Josh Nuernberg (Sr., Las Vegas. Nev.) took the loss in game one for the Pack. He surrendered six runs in 5.1 innings of work. Nuernberg struck out six while walking three and giving up five hits. The Pack outhit Highlands 9-5 in game one.

Game two featured more offense from both schools. The Pack would match a first inning run from Highlands with one of its own in the second. Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) drove in Castaneda with a double. Davis collected three RBIs in game two.

CSU-Pueblo jumped in front in the third inning. Gunther brought in Spencer Daniels (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) with a base-knock. Daniels went 2-fo-3 with two runs and a RBI in game two.   

The Pack tacked on three more runs in third. Davis delivered two with a single. Castaneda came in on a Telander base hit to put CSU-Pueblo up 5-1.

Highlands tied it with a four-run fourth.  With the game knotted up at five, the Pack added two more runs in the fifth. An error allowed Castaneda to cross home again. Daniels plated Telander with a knock to make it 7-5.

The ThunderWolves followed a Cowboy run in the sixth with three of their own in the seventh. Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) knocked in Telander with a single.  A Gunther sacrifice fly brought in Romero and Daniels scored on a Sauceda single.

Highlands made a game of it in the bottom of the seventh. After the Cowboys, got three runs off starter Jason Lighthall (Jr., Littleton, Colo.). The Pack turned to Bret Ricklefs (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) to get the final three outs. Ricklefs would shut the door to earn his fourth save of the season and give the Pack a 10-9 win. Lighthall moved to 3-1 with six innings of work. He struck out four.

The Pack and the Cowboys will wrap up their four game series Sunday. First pitch is scheduled 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.