PUEBLO, Colo. (April 19, 2018) – After a 13-3 homestand, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball will hit the road for a four-game series at Regis University starting Friday April 20 with a noon showdown. The two teams will meet Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. The Pack and Rangers will clash in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Pack has won nine games in a row after sweeping Colorado Christian University last weekend at Rawlings Field. CSU-Pueblo brings a 23-14 record into the weekend. They are 15-9 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, good for fourth place in the RMAC standings. The Rangers hold a 22-19 mark overall with a 14-13 record in RMAC play. Friday's game will be the Pack's first road game since March 11.
This weekend's series pits the RMAC's two best fielding teams against each other. The Rangers lead the RMAC with a .975 fielding percentage. The ThunderWolves rank second in the conference and 11th in D-II with a .973 fielding percentage.
While the Pack has been hot, Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) has been on fire. The senior earned his first RMAC Hitter of the Week honor Tuesday. Hoffman hit .538 for the series against the Cougars. He stole six bases in the series. After his dominating week, Hoffman leads the RMAC with seven triples. His eight stolen bases rank sixth in the conference. The Pack's center fielder is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak.
On the mound, Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) ranks second among RMAC starters with a 2.87 ERA. Honorof has a 3-1 record with a 2.53 ERA through five starts. He has allowed just one earned run over his last 16 innings.
Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) ranks second in the RMAC with a .504 on base percentage. Romero has raised his average to .330 with 10 doubles. His 28 RBIs rank second on the Pack. The catcher has drawn 30 walks, third-most in the RMAC.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr. Indio, Calif.) leads the RMAC in walks. His 36 walks rank seventh in D-II. Sauceda's .473 on base percentage stands sixth in the RMAC.
The Pack's best power threat has been Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.). Popham ranks fifth in the RMAC with a .693 slugging percentage. His .404 batting average places him seventh in the conference. Popham's 14 doubles are fifth-most in the RMAC. The third baseman has belted a team-high five home runs and leads the Pack with 32 RBIs.
Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) leads the RMAC in fielding percentage. Fuhrmann is tied for second on the Pack with 10 doubles. He has six doubles and six runs scored over his last seven games.
Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) ranks fifth in the RMAC with a 3.86 ERA. Lighthall has tossed a team-high 51.1 innings. He has issued just 12 walks this season.
Andrew Nero (Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.) has emerged as a force in the Pack's bullpen. Nero leads all RMAC pitchers in opponent batting average. Batters are hitting just .120 against Nero. He has a .254 ERA.
Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) has been clutch over the past two weeks. Boyd has 15 RBIs over his last eight games.
The Pack beat the Rangers in three of their four meetings last year at Rawlings Field. The Rangers would score just 10 runs that series.
The Rangers are led offensively by Andrew Bryniarski. Bryniarski leads the Rangers and ranks second in the RMAC with 13 home runs.
Brad Thoutt has been the No.1 starter for the Rangers. He leads the RMAC with seven wins. His 68 strikeouts also top the conference.
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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.