PUEBLO, Colo. (May 4, 2017) – With a spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament already locked up, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball will try to improve its seed for the RMAC Championships when they travel to Adams State University for the final series of the regular season, starting Friday at 3 p.m.
With a 15-14 RMAC record, the Pack enters the weekend as the fifth seed in the RMAC Tournament. However, the Pack sits just two games out of second place in the conference standings with four games to play. The four teams ahead of the Pack all play each other this weekend, giving CSU-Pueblo a chance to move into second place with a good showing against the last place Grizzlies who bring an 11 -31 (5-23 RMAC) record into the weekend.
The Pack has now qualified for its ninth consecutive RMAC Tournament. The ThunderWolves have made 20 trips to the conference tournament in the 24 year tenure of Head Coach Stan Sanchez.
CSU-Pueblo enters the weekend with a four-game win streak to post a 21-22 record overall. The Grizzlies have dropped seven in a row.
RMAC Pitcher of the Week, Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) will look to deliver an encore performance in his start Friday. Lazcano earned his third RMAC Pitcher of the Week award this season with a complete game victory over University of Colorado Colorado Springs to improve to 6-1 on the season. He struck out eight Mountain Lions over nine innings, while limiting UCCS to six hits and one walk.
Lazcano posted a career start in his first meeting with the Grizzlies this season. He threw a complete game shutout and struck out a career-high 13 batters. He limited Adams State to just four hits en route to another RMAC Pitcher of the Week honor.
The righty ranks second in the RMAC with a 2.45 ERA. His 89 strikeouts lead the conference and place him 21st in D-II. Lazcano leads a Pack pitching staff that ranks second in the RMAC with a 5.95 team ERA.
CSU-Pueblo leads the RMAC with 21 triples. They rank eighth in D-II in three baggers this season. They have also drawn a conference-best 169 walks.
Defensively, the Pack ranks third in the nation with 1.07 double plays turned per game. The ThunderWolves have turned 46 double plays in 2017, fourth most in D-II.
Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) leads the RMAC with a perfect fielding percentage in 2017. He has made 58 putouts in 2017. Davis also leads the conference with eight sacrifice bunts in 2017.
Davis and Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) each have an opportunity to set single-season records in field percentage. Castaneda 's .962 fielding percentage currently stands ahead of Brent Barrios' team record of .960 set in 2004.
Juniors, Chris Devery (Saugus, Calif.), and Ambrose Romero (Albuquerque, N.M.) lead the Pack's offense with a .474 on base percentage. They stand tied fourth in the RMAC in OBP. Romero's 37 RBIs rank seventh in the RMAC.
The Pack and Grizzlies will open their four-game series Friday at 3 p.m. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at 12 p.m. CSU-Pueblo will conclude its regular season Sunday against the Grizzlies with first pitch at 12 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.