Sanchez wins 800th game as Pack rallies to DH sweep

Sanchez wins 800th game as Pack rallies to DH sweep

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 9, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball and Head Coach Stan Sanchez made history Sunday as the Pack rallied to beat New Mexico Highlands University 11-8 and Adams State University 11-5 to give Sanchez his 800th win at CSU-Pueblo.

Sunday's doubleheader sweep also gave the Pack its 800th win since the program restarted in 1994. Sanchez became the first coach in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history to reach 800 wins. He is a four-time RMAC Coach of the Year and the conference's all-time wins leader.

The Pack also jumped to fourth place in the RMAC standings at 10-10 in conference play. CSU-Pueblo owns a 16-18 record overall. They handed NMHU its first loss of the weekend to send them to 13-22 (9-15 RMAC). Adams State stumbled to 10-24 (4-16 RMAC).

Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) shined for the Pack. The right fielder went 3-for-5 with a season-best five RBIs in the win over the Grizzlies. He smacked a triple and scored a run for the Pack in game two. This followed a 2-for-5 performance in game one.

Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) went 4-for-6 with three walks between the two games. Sauceda slugged two hits and drove in a pair of runs in game one. He went 2-for-2 with two walks and two more runs scored in game two.

Bret Ricklefs (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) had a busy day of relief for the Pack. Ricklefs claimed the win in four innings of scoreless work in game one to improve to 2-1 on the season. He would return to get the final three outs of game two to close out Sanchez's 800th win at CSU-Pueblo.

Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) anchored the Pack's offense in game one. Hoffman went 3-for-6 against the Cowboys with three runs scored and a RBI. The center fielder added a run in game two.

David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and a RBI against the Grizzlies. He also put together two stolen bases, a run, and a RBI in game two.

The Pack caught fire in the first inning against the Cowboys. CSU-Pueblo scored five times and sent all nine batters to the plate in the first inning as they took an early 5-0 lead.

Highlands answered with a five-run fifth inning that tied the game at six. Two runs in the sixth, put the Cowboys up 8-6.

The Pack responded with four runs in the seventh to reclaim the lead. CSU-Pueblo added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as the ThunderWolves took advantage of five Cowboy errors to win game one 11-8.

In their showdown with the Grizzlies, Adams State used three long balls to go up 5-2 after four. Zach Visinoni (Sr., Paradise, Calif.) entered the game with one out in the fourth and got the final two outs of the inning. He worked 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three Grizzlies.

The Pack got one run back in the fifth on Davis groundout. Down 5-3, the Pack would take the lead in the seventh. Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) led off the inning with a double and he would score on a Davis single. An error allowed two more runs to cross for the Pack as they took a 6-5 lead. Castaneda scored four runs on Sunday.

In the eighth inning, the Pack's offense erupted for five runs. Sonny Arellano (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) got his first hit in his first collegiate at-bat, belting a RBI double. Arellano and Sauceda would score on Davis' triple as the Pack would put away the Grizzlies 11-5.

Josh Nuernberg (Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.) earned the win in game two. He threw two shutout innings, while holding the Grizzlies to just one base runner. Nuernberg moved to 3-4 on the season.

The Pack will hit the road for a series at Colorado Christian University beginning Thursday at 2 p.m. CSU-Pueblo will return home for an eight-game homestand starting April 21 against Regis University.

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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.