Four-run eighth leads Pack past Mountain Lions

Four-run eighth leads Pack past Mountain Lions

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 28, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball opened its final home series with a 6-2 victory over the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the first game of their Friday doubleheader.

Thanks to a four-run eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie, the ThunderWolves have now won four in a row heading into the Pack the Park game Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Runyon Field. CSU-Pueblo also leap frogged the Mountain Lions in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings. With a 15-14 RMAC record, the Pack leads UCCS (17-16) by mere percentage points. The Pack stands 21-22 overall while UCCS heads into Pack the Park at 22-24.

Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished his last home start with a nine-inning complete game. Lazcano surrendered just six hits and one walk while striking out eight. The complete game was Lazcano's third of the season. Lazcano now stands 6-1.

As a team, the Pack incredibly did not strike out once. This was the first time the Pack did not strike out in a game since March 14, 2015 at Adams State University. All nine CSU-Pueblo hitters either reached base or drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run and a RBI.  Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) was the only other Pack batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Castaneda also drove in a run and scored for CSU-Pueblo.

The Pack got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the third. Duarte led off the frame with a single. He would score on Zach Hoffman's (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) seventh triple of the season. Hoffman came home on a David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) sacrifice fly.

UCCS would fight back. Jamie Crabtree took advantage of Lazcano's two mistakes of the afternoon with a solo shot in both the fifth and seventh inning to knot the game at two heading into the seventh inning stretch.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Pack strung together four runs and five hits.  Duarte capped the eighth inning flurry with a base knock that plated Jake Boyd (Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah). Boyd pinch ran for Tanner Fuhrmann (Jr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) who drove in Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) with a single of his own.

Lazcano came back for the top of the ninth and made quick work of the Mountain Lions. He set down UCCS in order to claim his sixth victory of the season. Colin Cicere took the loss for the Mountain Lions, giving up four runs in 7.2 innings pitched. His record fell to 7-2.

The ThunderWolves and Mountain Lions will meet again Friday in CSU-Pueblo's annual Pack the Park game at Runyon Field at 7:05 p.m. Admission will be free and fabulous prizes will be handed out each half inning.

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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.