Homers help ThunderWolves split doubleheader with No. 10 Rams

Homers help ThunderWolves split doubleheader with No. 10 Rams

SAN ANGELO, Texas (February 24, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball split its Saturday doubleheader with No. 10 Angelo State University. The Rams defeated the Pack 3-0 in game one at Foster Field. CSU-Pueblo bounced back with a 3-2 victory in the second of the two seven-inning contests.

The Pack now stands 8-4 on the season. Though their five-game win streak was snapped in game one, the Pack is now guaranteed at least a split with the No. 10 Rams in a four-game road series. CSU-Pueblo won a dramatic game Friday 10-9.

After scoring over 10 runs per game in their five-game win streak, the Pack offense finally met its match Saturday in game one. Angelo State starter Tyler Lesley shut the Pack out for seven innings. Lesley scattered six hits and did now allow a run or walk.

Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) and Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) each doubled. However, the Pack could not advance a runner past second base.  

Nate Dominguez (Sr., Farmington, N.M) took the loss to even his record at 1-1. He allowed three runs over 4.1 innings of work. Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

The long ball led the Pack to victory in game two. CSU-Pueblo had only three hits in game two, but they all sailed out of the yard.  All three of the Pack's runs came on solo shots.

Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) started the scoring with a dinger in the third. The Rams used isolated runs in the third and sixth to take a 2-1 lead.  

Down to their final three outs, the Pack rallied once again. Kruger smacked his first home run in a Pack uniform to lead off the seventh. Krueger's solo shot tied the game at two.

Two batters later, Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) broke the tie with one swing of the bat. Maes crushed a pitch over the fence to put the Pack up 3-2. Maes made the most of his first start by driving in the winning run.

Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.)  came out for his seventh inning of work.  Lighthall sat down the Rams in order with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to earn his first win of the season. The righty struck out five, allowing just two runs, six hits and three walks. The complete game was Lighthall's second of his Pack career.

The Pack will look to pull off the series win Sunday when they meet the Rams at 1 p.m.  Sunday's series finale will be the Pack's last non-conference game of the regular season.

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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