Five-run eighth foils Pack’s RMAC opener

Five-run eighth foils Pack’s RMAC opener

DENVER, Colo. (March 2, 2018) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball could not hang on to an 8-3 lead as Metro State University Denver rallied to beat the Pack 10-8 Friday at the Regency Athletic Complex.

After losing their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener, the Pack dropped to 8-6 overall. The Roadrunners bettered their record to 5-8 (1-0 RMAC).

All eight of the Pack's runs were scored by different players. Eight Pack starters had a hit.

Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) smacked  three hits in three at bats. The second baseman also slugged a double and drove in two runs.

Fellow senior Ambrose Romero (Albuquerque, N.M.) also plated two runs.  Romero finished the day 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run scored.

Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) posted a 2-for-4 day at the dish. Krueger added a run and a RBI.

Juniors Dakota Popham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Gilbert Sauceda (Indio, Calif.) both went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Popham also doubled.

RMAC Pitcher of the Week Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) tossed five innings, allowing just two runs. Lighthall struck out two and left with the lead.

The Pack got the scoring started in the top of the first. Krueger drove in Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) on a sac fly. MSU Denver scored two in the bottom of the first to take the lead.

In the top of the second the Pack tied the game on a Boyd single. CSU-Pueblo erupted with a five-run fourth to take a 7-2 lead.

MSU Denver answered with a run in the sixth. The Pack pushed the lead back to five on a Boyd RBI single that plated Popham and made it 8-3. 

The seventh inning stretch marked the shift in the game. MSU Denver scored two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth to erase the Pack's lead and jump in front 10-8.

Trent Maloney tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to close the door on the Pack for his second save of the season. Jordan Smith picked up the win for the Roadrunners. Timmy Burtzloff (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) took the loss for the Pack to slip to 1-2 on the season.

The Pack and Roadrunners will square off in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 p.m. Both games will be seven innings.

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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