PUEBLO, Colo. (March 22, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball continues its 16-game homestand when the Pack's rival No. 8 Colorado Mesa University visits Pueblo for a four-game series at Rawlings Field starting Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and concludes Sunday with a noon showdown.
The ThunderWolves have won their last eight games including a four-game sweep of New Mexico Highlands University last week. CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Mesa have each won their last five games.
The Pack stands 14-11 overall with a 6-6 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Mavericks bring a 7-1 RMAC record and a 16-5 mark overall.
Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) got the Pack pitching staff off to a good start in the series opener against the Cowboys. Honorof threw eight inning and 126 pitches, while limiting the Cowboys to just two runs, six hits, and two walks. The lefty earned his first Pack win and struck out seven batters.
Pack pitchers finished the weekend with 2.73 ERA against the Cowboys. This was the Pack's lowest series ERA of the season.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) tossed six scoreless innings of relief. He earned two wins. Hoffman struck out seven and only allowed a WHIP of 1.0. He is now 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA, seventh-best in the RMAC. His 29 strikeouts tie him for eighth in the RMAC with teammate Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) As a batter, Hoffman also leads the RMAC in triples.
Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.)had a pair of walk off hits to lead the Pack to a 4-0 weekend. Duarte has hit safely in every game during RMAC play. Duarte is hitting .353 on the year.
Senior Ambrose Romero (Albuquerque, N.M.) ranks fifth in the RMAC with a .477 on base percentage. Romero's 21 walks rank second in the RMAC. His eight doubles place him in a tie for seventh in the conference.
Despite Romero's impressive numbers, he finds himself in a competition at catcher with Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.). Maes is tied for the team-lead with three home runs in just 20 at bats. The Pueblo native is hitting .400 with a .500 OBP and a .950 slugging percentage. Maes went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in the series against Cowboys.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) leads the RMAC with 23 walks. He has a .440 OBP. Sauceda also shined in his first career start. Normally, a first baseman, Sauceda threw five innings of one-run ball. He only allowed six base runners, while striking out five.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranks fifth in the RMAC with a .411 batting average. Popham's .658 slugging percentage stands seventh in the RMAC. He has three home runs and a team-best 11 extra base hits.
Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) has a .409 ERA, ninth-best among RMAC starters. Lighthall struck out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball in his Saturday start against NMHU.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) has scored 28 runs, third most in the RMAC. His five stolen bases place him fifth in the RMAC. Krueger is batting .352 on the year.
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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