PUEBLO, Colo. (March 1, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball opens Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a four-game road series against Metro State University Denver starting Friday at 3 p.m. The Pack and Roadrunners will play a doubleheader Saturday at 12 p.m. They wrap up this four-game Sunday with a noon start.
The Pack concluded their non-conference slate with an 8-5 record overall. CSU-Pueblo split a road series last week against then No.10 Angelo State University. The Pack's 8-5 record places a half game shy of the best record in the conference heading into RMAC play.
Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) earned RMAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time in his career Monday. Lighthall threw a seven-inning complete game, allowing two runs on just six hits. He struck out five. Lighthall ranks 11th in the RMAC with a 3.06 ERA. His 17.2 innings pitched ranks fifth.
Lighthall became the Pack's third RMAC Player of the Week award winner in the month of February. Billy Reyes (Jr. Yucaipa, Calif.) claimed the honor Feb.6 and Chris Devery (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) garnered the award on Feb. 21. It was the first time since the program restart that the Pack has had three RMAC Player of the Week winners in the same month.
Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) leads the RMAC with six doubles. Romero ranks third in the conference with a .519 on base percentage. His 13 walks also lead the conference. The Pack's catcher ranks fifth in the RMAC with 12 RBIs.
Junior, Mason Krueger (Draper, Utah) has scored 16 runs, most in the RMAC. Krueger clubbed his first home run in a Pack uniform to tie game three in the top of the seventh. Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) would hit a go-ahead home run two batters later.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) stands tied for sixth in the RMAC with 10 RBIs. His .473 OBP places him 10th in the conference.
Devery ranks fourth in the RMAC with 13 RBIs. Devery's four doubles tie him for sixth in the RMAC.
Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) earned his first win of the season vs. the Rams last Friday. Douglas ranks second in the RMAC with 18 strikeouts.
MSU Denver finished the nonconference season 4-8. The Roadrunners lost four in a row to Lubbock Christian. They lead the RMAC with a .322 team batting average. However, their 8.06 team ERA ranks last in the RMAC.
This four-game series with the Roadrunners is the middle stop in a 12-game road trip. The Pack returns home to Rawlings Field March 16 to begin a four-game series with New Mexico Highlands University.
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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