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SAN ANGELO, Texas (February 23, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo thwarted two bases loaded rally attempts from No. 10 Angelo State University to hang on for a 10-9 win Friday.
The ThunderWolves have now won five straight games, their longest winning streak in two years. Angelo State dropped to 7-4. The Rams committed eight errors in the loss.
Justin Jaime (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) worked out of two bases loaded jams to earn his first save of the season. Jaime worked 2.1 scoreless innings of relief allowing no runs. He surrendered two hits and three walks. The righty struck out three.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) reached base four times. Sauceda slugged his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that made it 8-3. The Pack's first baseman also walked three times and scored twice.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) went 3-for-4 at the dish. Popham scored two runs and picked up an RBI. He belted his third double of the season.
Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) earned his first win in a Pack uniform. Douglas tossed 5.0 innings, striking out six. He allowed five hits, four runs (three earned), and three walks to improve to 1-1.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, the Pack turned to Jaime to preserve the lead. Though the Rams scored twice, the Pack held a 10-9 lead after seven.
The Rams loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. With the tying run 90-feet away and the winning run at second base, Jaime buckled down. The righty got a strikeout . Jaime got the next batter to hit a comebacker right to hm. Jaime threw it to the catcher, Ambrose Romero to get the lead runner. Romero than fired it over to Sauceda to complete the 1-2-3 double play and end the game.
CSU-Pueblo had taken the lead back in the fourth inning, the Pack scored five runs in the fourth and sent 10 men to the plate to make it 5-2. They added three more in the fifth to make it 8-3. Two of these runs came on Sauceda's blast. Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) scored one of his two runs on Sauceda's big fly. The Pack tacked on two runs in the sixth and seventh to lead 10-4 before Angelo State rallied in the seventh.
These two teams will meet in a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch at Foster 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