PUEBLO, Colo. (March 16, 2018) –With a walk off and blow out, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball swept its doubleheader with New Mexico Highlands University Saturday at Rawlings Field. The Pack won game one 4-3 in extra innings and dominated game two, 12-1.
Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Arizona) had the walk off hit in game one. Duarte drove in Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) with a double in the eighth inning to seal the win for the Pack. Duarte had a hit in each game, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored in game two. He has now hit safely in each of his last 10 games.
Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) made the most of his start in game two, crushing two home runs. Maes reached base in all four of his plate appearances, drawing two walks. He drove in three runs and scored three times.
The Pack got great starting pitching in both games. Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) threw six innings in game one, allowing just one run, four hits, and two walks. Lighthall struck out eight, but ended up with a no decision. Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) earned the win in game one to move to 2-1.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) threw five innings of one-run ball in game two. Sauceda held Highlands to four hits and six total base runners. He struck out five. Sauceda earned his first win in his first collegiate start.
Senior Tanner Fuhrmann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) slugged three doubles between the two games. Furhmann was a combined 4-for-5 with a walk between the two games. He scored two runs.
Billy Reyes (Jr., Yucaipa, Calif.) went 2-for-3 in game two with a run scored and a RBI. Morgan Smith (So., Aurora, Colo.) and Talon Schaller (Jr., Lakewood, Colo.) each scored two runs and went 1-for-3 in game two. Smith also drove in a run.
The Pack got off to a great start in game one. Hoffman led off the bottom of the first with a triple. He scored on a Krueger single to put the Pack on the board. Krueger came around on a Popham double to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team after one.
After Highlands cut the Pack's lead to one in the third, CSU-Pueblo answered in the fourth. Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) drove in Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yoba Linda, Calif.) with a base knock that put the Pack in front 3-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Cowboys tied the game with two runs to force an extra inning. Krueger walked and advanced to second on a Jordyn Compehos (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) bunt. With two outs, Duarte ended the game with a clutch double that gave the Pack the win.
Highlands actually got on the board first in game two. They came throughtwith a run in the second. This would be NMHU's only offense in the game.
The Pack quickly retaliated with a five-run second. Nine ThunderWolves came to the plate as the Pack took the lead.
Maes led off the third inning by bashing the ball over the 400 foot sign in the deepest part of center field. Fuhrmann and Reyes would also score in the inning to make it 8-1.
CSU-Pueblo continued to pour it on in the fourth. Maes smashed his second dinger of the game to bring in Compehos and put the Pack up 10-1.
The offense continued in the fifth when the Pack tacked on two more runs. They would cruise to a 12-1.
Sunday marks the final game in the series between the Pack and Cowboys. The two teams will clash in a nine-inning game at 1 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