ALAMOSA, Colo. (May 6, 2017) – Colorado State University –Pueblo Baseball defeated Adams State University 11-8 in game one of their doubleheader Saturday. However, the Pack could not carry over the same success in game two, dropping a 10-9 final to split the doubleheader.
Saturday's doubleheader split leaves the Pack with a 16-16 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Though they sit sixth in the conference standings, the Pack could jump as a high as third with a win in Sunday's regular season finale against the Grizzlies and some help. A loss would guarantee the Pack the sixth seed in the RMAC Tournament next week.
Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) drove in 11 of the team's 20 runs between the two games. In addition, to his 11 RBI day, Devery blasted two home runs and slugged two doubles. He scored four runs, went 3-for-4 at the dish in each half of the doubleheader and walked once to reach base seven times. Devery now leads the ThunderWolves with three dingers on the season,
David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) scored six runs Saturday. The Pack's second baseman went 1-for-1 with four walks and four runs in game one. He would also steal a base in the Pack's win.
The ThunderWolves got off to a fast start in game one with two runs in the top of the first. Devery started the scoring with a RBI single to bring in Gunther. Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) plated Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) to put the Pack up 2-0 before the Grizzlies picked up a bat.
In his next at bat, Devery made it a five-run lead. With Gunther and Sauceda on base, Devery smashed a three-run shot to put the Pack up 5-0.
The Grizzlies bounced back with two runs in both the third and fourth innings to cut the gap to one. Each team scored in the fifth as the Pack maintained a 6-5 edge.
Two bases loaded walks would put the Pack up 8-5 in the top of the sixth. Devery would crack a two run single to make it 10-5.
This four-run sixth would prove to be the difference. Though the Grizzlies attempted to rally, the Pack closed the door. Josh Nuernberg (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) would get the final 10 outs to earn the win and improve to 4-4 on the season as the Pack pulled away with an 11-8 victory.
In game two, it was the Grizzlies who got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the first frame. The Pack answered in the third inning. Sauceda swatted a double to bring in Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) and Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah). Devery followed with a double of his own to drive in Gunther and Sauceda. The Pack's third baseman scored on a Castaneda single to put the Pack up 5-3.
The ThunderWolves answered in their half of the fourth. Devery belted his second three-run dinger of the day. Sauceda and Gunther scored as the Pack jumped back in front 8-6.
An Adams State run in the fifth was negated by a Pack run in the sixth. Once again, Castaneda came through with a single to score Devery to put the Pack in front 9-7.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Grizzlies rallied with three runs to overcome the Pack 10-9. Kyle Peeler (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) took the loss in game two.
The Pack will battle the Grizzlies in their regular season finale Sunday. First Pitch is scheduled for 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.