Lazcano lights out as Pack blanks Grizzlies 3-0

Lazcano lights out as Pack blanks Grizzlies 3-0

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 7, 2017) Kyle Lazcano threw a complete game to lead Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball to a 3-0 shutout win over Adams State University Friday in the Pack's first game at Rawling Field in 26 days.

The Pack improved to 14-17 on the season. They stand 8-9 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. CSU-Pueblo was perfect defensively as the Pack did not commit an error for the 10th time this season. After losing to both New Mexico Highlands University and CSU-Pueblo, Adams State slipped to 10-22 (4-14 RMAC).

Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) put forth his most dominating start of an already impressive season. Lazcano threw his second complete game and his first shutout of the season.

The righty struck out a career-high 13 batters. He also did not issue a single walk. Lazcano scattered four hits and did not allow a single Grizzly to get past second base. He faced 30 batters, just three over the minimum.

Lazcano improved to 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA. After fanning a career-high 13 batters, Lazcano boosted his RMAC lead to 71 strikeouts in 2017, 11 more than anyone else in the conference.

The Pack's only offense came in the seventh inning. Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah), Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.), and Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) all reached base on well-placed, bunt singles.

With the bases loaded, David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) roped a single to left the drove in Hoffman and Devery. An error allowed Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) to score later in the inning. Castaneda had reached on a fielder's choice and stole a base.

Devery finished 2-for-3 and was the only Pack player with two hits. In addition to accounting for two of the team's seven hits, Devery also drew one of the Pack's six walks as he upped his on base percentage to.460.

The Grizzlies wanted no part of Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.). The Pack's catcher walked in each of his four trips to the dish, one of which was intentional. His four free passes were just one shy of the RMAC record. Romero leads Pack regulars with a .474 OBP.

Josh Keaton of Adams State ended up on the wrong end of the pitcher's duel and fell to 3-5. He allowed seven hits and five walks, while striking out 10 over 7.1 innings.

These two teams will meet again Sunday at 12 p.m. at Rawlings Field. The Pack and Grizzlies will both play New Mexico Highlands Saturday. CSU-Pueblo will host the Cowboys at 1 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.