ThunderWolves take two thrillers from Nighthawks

ThunderWolves take two thrillers from Nighthawks

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 15, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball rallied for a two victories over Northwest Nazarene University, Thursday at Rawlings Field. The Pack swept the seven inning doubleheader with a 10-9 win in game one and a 10-7 victory in the night cap.

In the first game, the Nighthawks scored two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at nine. The Pack answered in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) slugged a double that brought in Chris Devery, the winning run. Justin Jaime (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) shut the door in the seventh to earn the 10-9 win for the Pack. Jaime is now 2-0 on the season.

Devery (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) dominated at the dish in a game one, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs. The Pack's third baseman belted two doubles and scored the winning run.  Deverd drove in six runs on the day.

Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) blasted his first home run in a Pack uniform in game one with a solo shot in the third inning.  Between the two games, Popham went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

The Nighthawks took control early in game two. Northwest Nazarene jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the second inning. 

Trailing by seven runs, the Pack fought back with four runs in the bottom half of the second.  Devery knocked in two more runs with a single. Popham brought in a run with a base hit of his own to make cut the Nighthawks lead to three.

The Nighthawks filled the bases in the third inning and threatened to blow the game open again. With the bases loaded and one out, the Pack turned to Pueblo's own Ryan Laydon who entered the game and escaped the jam with a popout and a groundout.

In the fourth inning, the Pack erupted for six runs. Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.)  started the scoring with a RBI double that brought in Billy Reyes (Jr., Yucaipa, Calif.). Sauceda came around on a Boyd walk with the bases load.

Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M) smashed a bases loaded double down the left field line that cleared the bags and gave the Pack a 9-7 lead. Romero would score on a wild pitch followed by an errant throw to give the Pack an insurance run that made it 10-7.

Laydon closed the door on the Nighthawks. The senior tossed 4.2 innings without allowing a hit. He struck out three, while walking two. This performance earned Laydon his first win with the Pack.

The seven run deficit is the largest the Pack has overcome since May 5, 2013 vs. Adams State University. They trailed by eight in that game before rallying for a 13-12 win.

Boyd shined in game one, going 3-for-4 at the dish. He drove in three runs between the two games.

Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) scored three runs in game one. He went 2-for-3 with a RBI triple. Hoffman also started game two. 

Sauceda delivered in game two, going 2-for-3 with a walk. The Pack's first baseman had two RBIs and two runs scored in the night cap.

CSU-Pueblo now stands 4-3 on the young season. Northwest Nazarene dropped to 2-6.

The Pack will look for their first series win of the season Friday when they the Nighthawks in game three of this series. First pitch at Rawlings Field is slated for 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.