PUEBLO, Colo. (March 18, 2018) – For the second day in a row Jorge Duarte swatted a walk off hit to help Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball defeat New Mexico Highlands University. The Pack rallied to defeat the Cowboys 5-4 and complete the four-game series sweep at Rawlings Field.
Despite being outhit 12-4, the ThunderWolves improved to 6-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play and 14-11 overall. The Cowboys stumbled to 7-17 (3-9 RMAC).
Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) delivered a walk off hit as an encore to his walk off one day earlier. He reached base three times going 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Duarte has now hit safely in his last 11 games.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) earned his second win of the series. Hoffman tossed four scoreless innings of relief. He struck out five and limited the Cowboys to just four hits and walked one.
Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) continued his tear at the dish. Maes went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. He also drew a walk.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) scored two runs. Krueger finished 1-for-3 with a walk. He scored six times in the series.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. First baseman, Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) reached base twice with two walks. The Pack walked seven times in the game.
The Cowboys jumped out to an early lead. They struck for two runs in the top of the first.
CSU-Pueblo answered in the bottom of the first. Maes slugged a two-out single that scored Krueger and Popham to make it 2-2.
Highlands reclaimed the advantage in the second with a run. They added a little insurance in the fourth, making it 4-2.
New Mexico Highlands threatened to add more runs in each of the first four innings, but Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) worked out of danger, stranding seven Cowboys in the first four frames. He struck out five in five innings of work. Douglas received a no decision.
After being held scoreless for six consecutive innings, the Pack finally got back on the board in the eighth. Duarte came around on a Popham single. Krueger tied the game when he scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4.
Hoffman dealt a scoreless ninth. In the bottom of the second, Sauceda walked. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) followed with another free pass, moving pinch runner Connor Hughes (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) to second. With one out, Duarte came through with a knock to right field that ended the game.
The ThunderWolves will continue their 16-game homestand Friday when rival Colorado Mesa University stops by Rawlings Field for four games. Friday's series opener starts at 6 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