PUEBLO, Colo. (May 5, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball swept Adams State University in a doubleheader Saturday at Rawlings Field to clinch the No. 4 seed for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament. The Pack beat the Grizzlies 6-2 in game one. They conquered Adams State in game two by a 7-2 final.
The ThunderWolves finished the regular season with a 27-21 record. They went 19-16 in RMAC play to sew up the No. 4 seed. The Pack will make their 10th consecutive RMAC Tournament appearance. They will be the No.4 seed for the second consecutive season.
In game one, Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) blanked the Grizzlies for the first five innings. Douglas would earn the win to improve to 5-4. He struck out six Grizzlies and allowed just one earned run. The righty limited Adams State to just five hits and three walks.
Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) continued his hot streak. Boyd had two hits in each game. He scored twice and drove in two runs in game one. Both of Boyd's hits in the early contest went for extra bases as he doubled and tripled.
Boyd got the Pack on the board in the first inning when he tripled. Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) drove in Boyd on a RBI ground out. Popham finished game one 2-for-3 with two RBIs. He also drew a walk.
The Pack added two runs in the fifth. Boyd plated Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) with a RBI double. He would score on a Popham double that made it 3-0.
After Adams State had three straight hits to start the fifth, the Pack turned to Ryan Laydon (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.). With a run in and two on, Laydon shut down the Grizzlies for the final four innings of the contest.
Laydon earned the save with four innings of relief. He surrendered just one run and three hits. The save was Laydon's second of the weekend.
The Pack put up a three spot in the seventh. Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) led off the seventh with a single. Duarte went 3-for-3 in the opener and scored a run in the seventh. He scored on a sacrifice fly.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) and Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) each had a RBI single in the seventh. Jordyn Compehos (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.), Duarte and Sauceda all scored runs as the Pack led 6-1. Krueger went 2-for-4 in game one.
Adams got one more run. However, Laydon would not let them get any closer as he closed the door for a 6-2 win.
In game two, the Pack had a monster inning with seven runs in the third. Boyd had two more RBIs in game two. Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) also had a two-run base knock in the third.
The ThunderWolves would send 12 men to the dish in the third, including Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 in game two. Tanner Furhmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) went 1-for-1 with a walk in game two. Fuhrmann scored a run in the third.
The seven-run outburst would be more than enough for Nate Spear (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) who earned his first collegiate win. Spear tossed five innings. He allowed one unearned run, and held the Grizzlies to just three hits. Spear did not issue a walk. He struck out seven to improve to 1-0.
CSU-Pueblo will face University of Colorado Colorado Springs in their first round game in the RMAC Tournament. The RMAC Tournament starts Wednesday in grand Junction, Colo.
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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