GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (May 9, 2017) – For the 20th time since the program restart, Colorado State University – Pueblo Baseball has advanced to the postseason. The No. 4 seeded Pack will begin play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday at 12 p.m. when they face Metro State University Denver at 12 p.m. at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.
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1) Wednesday's game will be the Pack's ninth consecutive RMAC Tournament appearance. This is the longest continuous postseason streak in program history. Head Coach Stan Sanchez has led the Pack to 20 Tournament appearances in 24 seasons.
2) Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) hit two home runs and finished with 16 RBIs in the series against Adams State University. This performance led Devery to his first career RMAC Player of the Week Award. Devery slugged 1,222 for the week with four doubles and a triple.
3) Kyle Lazcano (Sr., Anaheim Hills, Calif.) leads the RMAC with 92 strikeouts. If he can punch out eight Roadrunners, he will become the first Pack player to reach 100 strikeouts since Judd Songster in 2001.
4) Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) matched a RMAC record with five walks in a single game Sunday against Adams State. He became the first player to walk five times in a game since 2009.
5) Seniors Brandon Castaneda (Azusa, Calif.) and Derron Davis (Las Vegas, Nev.) each can set single season fielding percentage records at their positions. Davis currently has the best fielding percentage of any outfielder in school history, while Castaneda's .960 ties the SS record set by Brent Barrios.
6. The Pack ranks ninth in the nation with 48 double plays and fourth with 1.02 double plays per game.
7. Castaneda is the fourth toughest batter to strikeout in D-II. He has only fanned seven times this season in 178 at bats.
8. Lazcano ranks 24th in D-II with 92 strikeouts. His 2.61 ERA ranks second among RMAC starters.
9. All eight Pack position players currently have a .318 batting average or better. Jorge Duarte batted .667 in the Pack's series against Adams State.
The Pack will look to better their second place finish in the RMAC tournament from a year ago. They have navigated their to the Tournament Final of this double-elimination event in four of the last five seasons.
Wednesday's game will have a live video stream on the RMAC Network. There will be a Pack-themed radio broadcast on the main CSU-Pueblo Athletics Facebook account through Facebook live.
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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.