GOLDEN, Colo. (March 9, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball found themselves on the wrong side of 14-3 score Friday, losing to the Colorado School of Mines in the first contest of a four-game road series at Jim Darden Field.
Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) led the Pack's offense with a 2-for-2 day at the plate. Duarte drove in two of the team's three runs. He also drew a walk in three plate appearances.
Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) bopped his first home run of the year. Espinosa went 1-for-1 after coming in as a pinch hitter.
Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) and Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) each scored a run. Romero went 1-for-2 with a double and walk. Sauceda walked as well as the two vie for the league lead in free passes.
The ThunderWolves cruised through the first three innings. Danny Honorof (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) was perfect through 2.2 innings, before surrendering his first of the day in the third.
CSU-Pueblo took the lead in the top of the fourth. Romero doubled and came in on a Duarte knock. However, the Orediggers erased the Pack's lead quickly with a four-run fourth. The Pack got one back in the fifth, making it 4-2 heading into the bottom half.
The Orediggers erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach. It took four Pack pitchers just to get out the inning as Mines staked themselves to a 14-2 lead. They sent 14 batters up in the fifth inning.
Espinosa smashed his home run in the top of the eighth, but it would not be enough as the Orediggers claimed the 14-3 victory. Honorof took the loss in first start of the season. He allowed two earned runs in four innings, striking out four. Tylor Beach (Jr., Cedaredge, Colo.) tossed 3.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run for the Pack.
The ThunderWolves evened their record at 9-9 with the loss. They own a 1-4 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Orediggers improved to 8-4 (4-1 RMAC).
CSU-Pueblo will look for a measure of revenge Saturday when the two teams meet in a doubleheader. The first of the two seven inning showdowns starts at 12 p.m. with the second game to follow.
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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