Sweep: Pack brooms Cougars for ninth straight win

Sweep: Pack brooms Cougars for ninth straight win

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 15, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball swept its Sunday doubleheader with Colorado Christian University with a 13-5 win in game one and an 8-6 victory in game two at Rawlings Field.

After brooming the Cougars in their four-game series, the ThunderWolves have now won nine consecutive games.  The nine game win streak is the Pack's longest since 2016 when they won 10 in a row from March 12 – April 2.

Thanks to their nine-game win streak, the Pack now stands 23-14 overall. They own a 15-9 mark in RMAC play and sit percentage points out of third place in the conference standings. Colorado Christian fell to 14-20 (9-15 RMAC).

Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) drove in eight runs between the two games. Boyd blasted his first home run of the season as part of a 3-for-5 showing in game one. He finished the first contest a single shy of the cycle with six RBIs. The second baseman drove in two runs in game two.

Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) went 4-7 with a walk on the day. Espinosa swatted his third home run of the season in game two. He scored three runs on the day.

The Pack got production out of the catcher position in both games. In game one, Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. He drove in one. Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) posted a 2-for-3 showing in game two. Maes drove in two runs. 

Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) had three hits on the day. All three of Fuhrmann's hits were doubles.  Fuhrmann scored twice and drove in a run. 

Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) scored three runs between the two games. He went 2-for-4 with a RBI in game one.

The Pack got the first run of the day in the second inning of game one. Hoffman led off the inning with a triple. He would score on a Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) sacrifice fly.

Colorado Christian answered in the third. The game would remain tied until the fifth when Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) smacked a double to bring in Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) to make it 2-1. 

Once again, the Cougars would tie in the top half of the sixth. The Pack finally separated from the Cougars in the bottom of the sixth Boyd belted a two-run home run as part of a three-run inning that made it 5-2.

One inning later, Boyd struck again with a two-run double. Boyd scored on a Fuhrmann double that made it 8-2.

The Cougars attempted to come back in the top of the eighth with three runs. CSU-Pueblo erased CCU's momentum with a five-run eighth. Boyd hit a two-run triple. He scored on a Mason Telander (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) single that gave the Pack a 13-5 win. 

Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) earned the win in game one to improve to 4-2. Douglas has won his last three starts. The righty struck out five. Justin Jaime (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) and Timmy Burtzloff (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

In game two, the Cougars jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first.  One inning later, the Pack put up a three spot. Espinosa led off the second with a home run. Sauceda and Fuhrmann also scored as the Pack claimed a 3-1 lead.

The Pack would add two runs in the third and one in the fourth to make it 6-1. CCU clawed back within three thanks to two runs in the fifth.

Popham tripled to lead off the sixth. He scored on a Hoffman single. Maes plated Hoffman with a single to make it 8-3.

Colorado Christian fought back with three runs in the seventh. The Pack turned to Andrew Nero (Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.) to get the final out. Nero would get the second batter he faced to ground out. Nero earned his first save to send the Pack to its ninth straight win.

Jacob Garcia (Fr., Romoland, Calif.) earned his first career win. Garcia threw four innings and struck out three, while giving up two runs.

After posting a 13-3 record during their 16-game homestand, the Pack will hit the road for eight games. They will start this road trip with a four-game set against Regis University starting Friday at 3 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