Long Ball leaps Mesa over Pack , 6-2, in series finale

Long Ball leaps Mesa over Pack , 6-2, in series finale

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (March 26, 2017)  Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball came up short in their series finale with Colorado Mesa University Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Mavericks at Suplizio Field. 

After suffering their first sweep of the season, the Pack stands at 13-17 with a 7-9 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Mavericks hold an 18-8 mark and lead the RMAC at 10-2. 

Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) came through with three of the Pack's eight hits.  Castaneda also drove in a run for the Pack. CSU-Pueblo's shortstop hit .529 (9-for-17) for the series.  He leads the Pack with a .405 average for the season.

Hitting out of the leadoff spot for the first time in his Pack career, David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) reached base three times. Gunther went 1-for-3 with two walks.

Mason Telander (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) went 1-for-3 with a walk. Telander smacked a double and scored a run. 

Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) posted a 1-for-4 day at the dish. Hoffman also scored for the Pack.

Colorado Mesa got on the board in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run. The Pack bounced back in the fifth when Tanner Fuhrmann (Jr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) drove in Hoffman with a sacrifice fly to cut the Mesa lead to 2-1. 

In the sixth inning, the Mavericks tacked on four runs to go in front 6-1. CSU-Pueblo got one run back in the top of the seventh. Castaneda hit a single to bring in Telander to make it 6-2.  However, the Pack would leave the bases loaded in the seventh and the Mavericks pulled out the 6-2 win. 

Kyle Peeler (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) took the loss for the Pack. He allowed six runs over 5.1 innings. Peeler struck out one and did not walk anyone. Tyler Day got the win for the Mavericks.

With their eight-game road trip in the books, the Pack will enjoy a week off before returning home for the first time in three weekends. CSU-Pueblo will host Adams State Friday April 7 at 3 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.