Pack conquers Cowboys for first series win of 2017

Pack conquers Cowboys for first series win of 2017

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 19, 2017) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball bested New Mexico Highlands University 12-7 Sunday to earn the Pack's first series win of the 2017 season. 

After taking 3-of-4 from the Cowboys, the Pack evened their record at 13-13 on the season, reaching .500 for the first time since Feb. 25.  They now hold a 7-5 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Highlands slipped to 8-15 (4-8 RMAC).

Senior Brandon Castaneda (Azusa, Calif.) smacked his first career home run for the Pack. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-5 day at the plate. Castaneda drove in a career-high five runs for the Pack.  The Shortstop also scored twice for CSU-Pueblo. He racked up nine RBIs during the series. 

First baseman Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) slugged four hits in five trips to the dish. Sauceda scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs. He would score eight times in the four-game set with the Cowboys. 

Kyle Peeler (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) threw the Pack's second complete game of the weekend. Peeler allowed seven runs on just nine hits and a walk. In his return to the rotation, the righty fanned eight Cowboys. Peeler earned his first victory of the season as he improved to 1-3. 

Hitting out of the lead off spot, Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  Hoffman also stole his team-leading 10th base of the season.

Catcher Ambrose Romero (Albuquerque, N.M.)  and third baseman Chris Devery (Saugus, Calif.) each had two of the Pack's 18 hits. Romero scored twice and stole his first base. Devery also scored twice and drove in a run.

The Pack got on the board in the second inning. Spencer Daniels (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that allowed Romero to score and gave the Pack a 1-0 lead. Daniels went 1-for-3 at the dish with a run scored and a RBI.

In the third inning, the Pack broke it open with four runs. The last of these runs came on a Mason Telander (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) that scored Devery and put the Pack up 5-0.

After Highlands got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, the Pack answered with three more in the fourth. Hoffman led off the inning with a single and stole second. He would score on a Sauceda single. Castaneda followed and clobbered his first dinger of his Pack career. Castaneda's homer put the Pack up 8-1.

The Sauceda-Castaneda combination would strike again in the sixth. Sauceda doubled. Castaneda would earn another RBI with a base knock to bring in Sauceda and made it 9-1. 

Highlands got two runs back in the sixth to cut the Pack's lead to six. The Pack would answer with three more runs in the top of the seventh to push the lead to nine at 12-3.

Peeler would finally find trouble in the ninth. The Cowboys struck for four runs. However, Peeler fought through the fatigue and recorded the final three outs to earn his first win of the season and the Pack's first series win of 2017.

Following their first series win of the season, the Pack will head to Grand Junction, Colo. for a showdown with rival Colorado Mesa University. The four-game series between the ThunderWolves and Mavericks starts Friday at 6:05 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.