Pack rally falls short as Grizzlies walk off with 15-14 win

Pack rally falls short as Grizzlies walk off with 15-14 win

ALAMOSA, Colo. (May 5, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball fought back from a 14-7 deficit to tie their game against Adams State University with a seven-run ninth inning. However, the Grizzlies would score one run in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 15-14 win.

After the shootout loss to the Grizzlies, the Pack stands 21-23 with a 15-15 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The ThunderWolves slipped to sixth place in the RMAC standings. Adams State improved to 12-31 (6-23 RMAC). 

Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) came through with the game-tying hit with two outs in the top of the ninth. Duarte reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks. He also plated three runs and scored once. 

Derron Davis (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) delivered a career-high four hits, with a perfect 4-for-4 day at the dish. Davis came home twice and added a RBI. 

Seniors Brandon Castaneda (Azusa, Calif.) and David Gunther (Albuquerque, N.M.) each went 2-for-5.  Castaneda drove in three runs and scored twice. Gunther also added a pair of runs and a RBI.

Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) knocked in two runs. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

The Grizzlies would score the game's first run in the second inning. They would add two more in the fourth to go up 3-0. CSU-Pueblo would tie it up in the fifth. Duarte drove in Romero with a single. Davis and Tanner Fuhrmann (Jr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) each scored on wild pitches. 

These two teams would not be tied for long as the Grizzlies scored twice to take a 5-3 lead. They would also chase Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) after five innings of work. Lazcano surrendered three earned runs on six hits. He struck out three. 

Eight Grizzlies would cross home plate in the sixth and seventh inning as they took a 13-4 lead. Duarte drove in Davis for the Pack's only run during this 8-1 streak for the Grizzlies.

The ThunderWolves would begin to rally in the eighth. Castaneda drove in Gunther on a fielder's choice. Another wild pitch allowed Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.)  to score. Davis would bring in Castaneda with a hit of his own as the Pack clawed back within six.

After the Grizzlies tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, the Pack trailed 14-7 with just three outs to go. They would not go away quietly as Duarte led off the inning with a walk. He would score on a Gunther base knock.

In his only at bat of the game, Sonny Arellano (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) slugged a single to bring in Spencer Daniels (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) who had also singled to cut it to 14-9. Castaneda belted a double to bring in Gunther and Morgan Smith (R-Fr., Aurora, Colo.) and cut the Grizzlies lead to three. Romero followed with a double of his own to bring in Arellano and Castaneda and bring the Pack within one.

Two strikeouts followed. With the Pack facing their final out, Duarte tied the game with his third hit of the day, plating Romero to tie the game at 14. 

In the bottom of the ninth, the Grizzlies would push across the winning run. Colton Follet (Jr., Simi Valley, Calif.) took the loss for the Pack to go to 0-2. Though he blew the save, Beau Lofink got the win for the Grizzlies. 

The two teams will toe the rubber in a doubleheader Saturday at 12 p.m. Game two will start shortly after game one.  

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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.