Nine-run 4th sends Pack to 11-3 win

Nine-run 4th sends Pack to 11-3 win

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 16, 2018) The offensive outburst continued Friday for Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball as they dominated Northwest Nazarene University in an 11-3 win at Rawlings Field.

With their victory over the Nighthawks, the Pack clinched their first series win of 2018. They now own a 5-3 record on the year. Northwest Nazarene fell to 2-7.

Nate Dominguez (Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M.)threw four scoreless innings to start the game. The Nighthawks kept pace until the fourth when the Pack erupted with nine runs. They sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth.

Chris Devery (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) led off the inning with a single. Making the first start of his career, freshman Aidan Welch (Seattle, Wash.)  earned his first hit and first RBI when he knocked in Devery. Welch scored on a Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) double.

Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) brought in two more with a RBI single. Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) had a RBI base knock of his own. Four more runs came across on walks and errors as the Pack pulled ahead 9-0.

The Nighthawks answered with a run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth. The Pack quelled the rally with two more runs in the seventh. Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) doubled to lead off the inning.  Duarte scored on an Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) bases loaded walk.

In the first plate appearance of his Pack career, Connor Hughes (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) roped a single into left field. Sauceda scored to make it 11-3 and give Hughes his first Pack RBI.

Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) threw scoreless innings to close out the win for the Pack. Dominguez earned the win with seven innings pitched. He allowed just six hits and two walks. Dominguez struck out four to snag his first win in a Pack uniform.

Sauceda went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He also walked twice.

Krueger went 2-for-6. He also finished with two RBIs.

The Pack will wrap up their season-opening nine-game homestand Saturday when they face Nighthawks at 12 p.m. Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) is expected to take the mound for the Pack in the series finale.

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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.