Pack powers past Mines 11-5

Pack powers past Mines 11-5

GOLDEN, Colo. (March 11, 2018) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball ended their 12-game road trip on a high note as the ThunderWolves smashed Colorado School of Mines, 11-5 at Jim Darden Field Sunday.

Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a 3-for-4 day at the dish. Popham scored three runs. He also launched his third dinger of the season and drove in two runs.

Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) went 2-for-5. Krueger propelled a pair of home runs over the left field fence. The right fielder also has three dingers on the season. He scored three runs and a stole a base in the win.

Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) tossed seven scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Hoffman improved to 1-1. Hoffman struck out seven. He limited the Orediggers to just three hits and three walks

Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) reached base in all five of his plate appearances. Sauceda went 2-for-2 with three walks. The first baseman picked up two RBIs on the day. He also scored and a hit a double.

Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) had two hits in two trips. Maes smacked a pair of doubles and scored a run. 

The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Mines answered with a run in the second. 

Sauceda drove in Popham with a single in the third to make it 3-1. Popham had doubled earlier in the frame. The Orediggers did most of their damage in the third, scoring four runs.

Down 5-3, the Pack turned to Hoffman. The lefty entered and shut down the Orediggers for the rest of the game after allowing two inherited runners to score.

The Pack tied the game after individual runs in the fourth and fifth. Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) drove in Maes on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Popham blasted his third dinger of the season in the fifth to tie the game.

CSU-Pueblo took over in the seventh. Krueger led off the inning with a solo shot. Popham and Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) would score on an error to make it 8-5.

Krueger belted another home run in the eighth.  Sauceda doubled to drive in Billy Reyes (Jr., Yucaipa, Calif.).  Fuhrmann capped the scoring with a single that plated Sauceda and put the Pack up 11-5.

Hoffman closed out the Orediggers to help the Pack improve to 10-11. Mines fell to 10-5.

After almost a month away from home, the Pack will return to Rawlings Friday March 16 when they face New Mexico Highlands University at 6 p.m.  This game will start a four-game series and a 16 game homestand for the Pack. 

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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