PUEBLO, Colo. (April 26, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball will hit the road to do battle with Steel & Silver Trophy Rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs in a four-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. The two teams will compete in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 p.m. and wrap up the series Sunday at 12 p.m.
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The Pack and Mountain Lions both enter the weekend in a crowded middle of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Just 1.5 games separate third and sixth in the RMAC standings. The Pack stands 15-12 in RMAC play just one game behind Metro state University of Denver for third in the RMAC standings. UCCS brings a 17-14 RMAC record into the weekend. They sit sixth with a 23-20 record overall. The ThunderWolves are 23-17 overall.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) ranks sixth in RMAC history with 104 career walks. He is just two walks away from entering the top five. Sauceda sits four walks away from entering the top 10 single-season RMAC rankings with 41 walks in 2018. Just 12 more walks in 2018 would give him the single season record.
The Pack's first baseman is 47 free passes away from the all-time conference record as a junior. Sauceda's 41 walks lead the RMAC and rank 6th in D-II. Sauceda's .491 on-base percentage ranks fourth in the RMAC.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) ranks sixth in RMAC history with 14 career triples. Hoffman is just one triple shy of Tony Wittmus' school record of 15 triples. He is four triples away from the RMAC record. The Pack's center fielder leads the RMAC with seven triple in 2018.
Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) ranks third in the RMAC with a .493 on base percentage. Romero ranks second on the Pack with 30 RBIs and 30 walks. His 30 walks are third-most in the RMAC.
Right fielder Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) ranks fifth in the RMAC with 43 runs scored. Krueger's 52 hits rank eighth in the RMAC.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranks 10th in the RMAC with a .386 batting average. Popham's 15 doubles places him fourth in the conference. His .654 slugging percentage is good for ninth in the RMAC. The third baseman leads the Pack with five home runs and 34 RBIs.
Jordyn Compehos (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) leads the RMAC with eight sacrifice bunts. Compehos reached base in six of his eight plate appearances in the Pack's series at Regis University. He drew four walks and had two RBIs last weekend against the Rangers.
On the mound the Pack is led by Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.). Honorof ranks third in the RMAC with a 3.43 ERA. The lefty is 3-2 with 33 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. Honorof was also Named First Team Academic All-RMAC Wednesday.
Jason Lighthall (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) ranks fifth in the RMAC with a 3.97 ERA. Lighthall has tossed 56.2 innings this season, the most on the Pack.
Opponents are hitting just .143 against Andrew Nero (Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.) He leads the RMAC in opponent batting average. Nero's 2.25 ERA leads the Pack relievers.
The Pack and Mountain Lions split their series last season. Each team won two games. The Pack won the lone RMAC meeting 6-2 at Rawlings Field.
The ThunderWolves will return home for a doubleheader Friday May 4 at Runyon Field. The Pack will play Adams State University in game of the doubleheader at 12 p.m. The ThunderWolves will then host their 14th annual Pack the Park game starting at 7:05 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