PUEBLO, Colo. (April 23, 2017) – Colorado State University – Pueblo Baseball bested Regis University 5-3 Sunday at Rawlings Field to claim a 3-1 series win over the Rangers.
Eight of the Pack's nine hitters had at least one hit as the ThunderWolves improved to 20-22 overall. They now hold a 14-14 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Pack now has a firm grasp on sixth place in the conference standings and sits one game out of fourth in the RMAC Tournament chase. Regis fell to 25-18 (18-14 RMAC).
Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Sauceda also slugged two doubles for the Pack.
Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) followed Sauceda with a 3-for-4 day out of the cleanup spot. Like Sauceda he also knocked in a run and crossed the plate.
On the mound, Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) earned the win with six solid innings for the Pack. Hoffman surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks. The lefty would strike out three Rangers to even his record at 2-2.
Josh Nuernberg (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) shut the door on the Rangers in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. Nuernberg struck out a Ranger in his one inning of work.
Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) belted his first home run of the season. Duarte went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Regis got on the board first with a run in the second inning. It would be five innings before they pushed another run across the plate.
The Pack claimed the lead in the fourth. Sauceda doubled and was immediately chased home by a Devery two-bagger. Devery would score on a Tanner Fuhrmann (Jr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) base knock to give the Pack a 2-1 lead.
CSU-Pueblo added a run in the fifth inning. With two outs, David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) reach base on a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sauceda smacked a single to bring in Gunther and give the Pack a 3-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, Duarte blasted a two-run home run to make it a 5-1 lead. Duarte's dinger sailed over the left field fence and brought in Davis.
The Rangers added runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, the Pack turned it over to Nuernberg who would ensure the Pack's victory by striking out the final hitter of the game to earn the save and a 5-3 win for the home team.
CSU-Pueblo will look to continue its three-game win streak Friday when they host University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the ThunderWolves' annual Pack the Park game at Runyon Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with a free youth clinic scheduled for 5 p.m. Fantastic prizes will also be given away between innings of the Pack's game with Mountain Lions.
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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.