Pack bats go quiet in DH with No. 8 Mavericks

Pack bats go quiet in DH with No. 8 Mavericks

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 24, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball was held in check by No. 8 ranked Colorado Mesa University as the Mavericks swept the Pack in a doubleheader Saturday at Rawlings Field. Colorado Mesa overcame the ThunderWolves 4-1 in game one, before taking game two 12-0.

Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He had a hit in each game, and finished the day 2-for-7. Duarte had the Pack's lone extra base knock of the day with a double in game two. The left fielder also drove in the teams only run of the day.  

Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) reached base four times between the two-games with two walks in game one. He followed it up with a single and a walk in game two.

Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) scored the Pack's lone run of the day. He would take the loss in game two, lasting four innings and giving up four earned runs.

In game one, the Mavericks got on the board with a run in the third. They would add one more in the fifth to chase Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.). The righty took the loss, giving up two runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings of work.  He did not issue a walk and struck out two.

Colorado Mesa tacked on two runs in the sixth. The Pack finally got on the board in the seventh when Duarte drove in Sauceda with a single. CSU-Pueblo got the tying run to the plate, but Reagan Todd finished what he started, closing out the Pack for a complete game victory. 

The Mavericks took charge of game two in the second inning with two runs. They would add eight more over the next three innings as they rolled to a 12-0 win.

After the two losses, the ThunderWolves record evened up at 14-14. The Pack stands 6-9 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Mavericks improved to 10-1 in RMAC games and 18-5 overall.

The Pack will try to avoid the sweep Sunday when they meet the Mavericks in the series finale at 12 p.m. at Rawlings Field.

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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