PUEBLO, Colo. (February 8, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball and Pittsburg State University split their doubleheader Thursday at Rawlings Field with each team winning a one-run game. The Pack used a walk off single to win game one 13-12, but the Gorillas evened the series with a 3-2 victory in game two.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) hit the Pack's walk off single in game one, capping a 2-for-3 day at the dish. Hoffman also drew a walk and drove in three runs.
In game two, Hoffman took the ball and delivered a quality start on the bump. The senior tossed six innings of one-run ball. He struck out seven batters and allowed just five hits and two walks, but left with a no decision.
Fellow senior Ambrose Romero (Albuquerque, N.M.) had a big day at the plate. Romero went 3-for-4 in game one with a double and four RBIs. The Pack's catcher also scored twice and drew a walk. In game two, Romero walked twice in three trips.
Billy Reyes (Jr., Yucaipa, Calif.) continued his hot start to the season. Reyes had two hits in three trips and two walks in game one. He scored three times in that game and drove in a run. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week led off the first inning of game two with his second home run of the season.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) scored four runs in game one. Krueger had three hits and a walk in five plate appearances. He drove in two runs and slugged a triple. The Pack's right fielder had one of the team's three hits in game two.
The Gorillas wasted no time getting on the board in game one. Pittsburg State scored three runs in the first inning, all of which were unearned. The Pack answered with one its own without getting a hit. Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) was plunked leading off the first. He stole second and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Chris Devery (Sr., Saugus, Calif.).
Two more Gorilla runs came across in the second to make it 5-1. Romero singled to drive in Krueger. Boyd plated Reyes on an RBI walk and Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) scored Romero on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4.
Pittsburg State capitalized on two Pack errors to put up a four spot in the third. Pack starter Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) exited after the third, giving nine runs, but just two of them were earned.
The Pack answered with three in the third to close the gap to 9-7. Romero had a two-run single. Hoffman also drove in run with a base knock.
In the middle innings, neither team mustered much offense. The Gorillas added one more in the sixth.
CSU-Pueblo fired back in the seventh with five runs. The Pack batted around to take a 12-10 lead.
Pittsburg State would not go away. The Gorillas scored isolated runs in the eighth and ninth to the tie the game at 12.
Krueger led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Reyes and Romero followed with walks. Two batters later Hoffman ended the game on a base hit into right field that brought in Krueger to give the Pack a 13-12 win. Justin Jaime (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) claimed the win in his first Pack appearance.
Game two was a pitcher's dual. Reyes gave the Pack a lead when he crushed his second dinger of the year over the left field fence. The Gorillas answered with a run in the third.
Pittsburg State took the lead with two runs in the seventh. Trailing 3-1 to the Pack, Romero walked to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Connor Hughes (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) came around to score on a Devery double. The Pack had two chances to bring Devery, the tying run, home, but could not force extras as Cody White earned the save for the Gorillas.
Cody Whiting earned the win. Timmy Burtzloff (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) took the loss, evening his record at 1-1.
The Pack and Gorillas will wrap up their series Friday afternoon at 1 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.