DENVER, Colo. (March 3, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball split its doubleheader with Metro State University Saturday at the Regency Athletic Complex. The Pack beat the Roadrunners 16-10 in game one, but dropped game two 4-1.
The split leaves the Pack with a 9-7 record overall and a 1-2 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Roadrunners stand 6-9 (2-1 RMAC).
Dakota Popham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was a force at the dish for the Pack. Popham went 6-for-8 between the two games. He also accounted for four RBIs and two runs scored. The junior blasted his second home run of the season , a grand slam, in game one. He had a triple in game two.
Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) posted a 4-for-6 day at the plate. Duarte scored four runs and drove in one.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the first half of the doubleheader. The center fielder tripled twice.
RMAC Pitcher of the Week, Jason Lighthall (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) scored two runs and drove in two. Mason Krueger (Jr. Draper, Utah) also touched home twice and drove in two. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) scored three runs in game one.
The two teams traded blows throughout the first three innings. CSU-Pueblo scored first with two runs in the top of the first. After a MSU Denver run, Hoffman hit a two-run triple to take a 4-1 lead after two, but the RoadRunners would score six runs over the next two innings to take a 7-5 lead.
CSU-Pueblo took over in the top of the fifth. With the bases juiced, Popham popped a grand slam home run to put the Pack up 9-5. CSU-Pueblo would score three more times in the fifth to go in front 12-5. In total, 12 batters came up for the Pack in the fifth. It took the Roadrunners five pitchers to get through the inning.
The Pack tacked on four more runs in the sixth. Hoffman's second double of the day plated Duarte to make it 16-10.
Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) earned his first career save with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Fuhrmann fanned four and only allowed one hit. Tylor Beach (Jr., Cedaredge, Colo.) earned the win for the Pack.
Game two was a different story. The Roadrunners got six scoreless innings from Cade Crader who limited the Pack to just five hits over that span. The Pack finallt scored in the seventh. Tyler Waters (R-Fr., Denver, Colo.) drew a pinch-hit bases loaded walk. Duarte scored.
Unfortunately for the Pack, they could not unload the bases and take the lead. They ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 final.
The Pack will look to split the series with the Roadrunners Sunday. First pitch in the series finale is slated for 12 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