GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (March 24, 2017) – The first meeting of the season between Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball and Colorado Mesa University lived up to the standard set by the two rivals over the last 22 seasons as the Mavericks snuck away with a 7-6 walk-off win.
The ThunderWolves matched the Mavericks up until the final inning, but dropped to 13-14 on the season. They now have a 7-6 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Mavericks improved to 15-8 (7-2 RMAC).
Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) went 3-for-5 at the dish with a run scored and a RBI. Castaneda now has an 11 game hitting streak.
David Gunther (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) continued his hot streak. Gunther went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. He also scored a run.
Leadoff hitter, Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) posted a 2-for-5 day. Hoffman also scored twice for the Pack.
Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) added six more strikeouts to his RMAC lead. He threw six innings giving up four runs, four hits, and four walks. Lazcano took a no decision for his efforts.
The Pack wasted no time getting on the board as Hoffman led off the game with a single. He would eventually score on a Gunther groundout that gave the Pack a 1-0 lead.
Colorado Mesa responded with runs in the second and fourth to take a 2-1 lead. CSU-Pueblo tied it up n the fifth. Gunther drove in Mason Telander (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) with a single up the middle. Telander turned in a 1-for-2 day with a RBI.
Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) attempted to move the runners into scoring position with a bunt, but a Colorado Mesa error allowed Castaneda to touch home. Two batters later Telander dropped down a suicide squeeze that worked to perfection and tied the game at four.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mavericks tacked on two more to put the Pack back in a hole. Facing their final three outs, the Pack answered yet again.
Hoffman and Gunther both singled to lead off the ninth. Castaneda came through with a single that plated Hoffman and brought the Pack back within one. Mitch Doucette (Sr., Brockville, Ontario, Canada) laid down another squeeze bunt and Gunther raced home to tie the game once more at six.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Mavericks pushed the winning run across as Zach McLeod scored on a Garrett Ball single. Bret Ricklefs (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) took the loss for the Pack as he record evens at 1-1. Brick Paskiewicz claimed the win for the Mavericks.
CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Mesa will lock horns once again Saturday when the two teams meet in a doubleheader. Game one will start at 1 p.m. with game two to follow 30 minutes after game one ends.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity