PUEBLO, Colo. (May 7, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball will advance to their 10th consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament starting Wednesday at 11 a.m. when the ThunderWolves will play University of Colorado Colorado Springs at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Pack finished fourth in the RMAC standings with a 19-16 record in RMAC play. CSU-Pueblo finished the regular season 27-21. They will be the No. 4 seed for RMAC Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) hit .636 in the Pack's series against Adams State University. Three of Popham's seven hits in the series went for extra bases as the third baseman slugged two doubles and a home run. He scored three runs and drove in three more. Popham reached base in 71.4 percent of his plate appearances.
Popham ranks fourth in the RMAC with a .409 batting average. He leads the RMAC with 21 doubles. Nationally, Popham stands ninth in doubles per game. His 21 doubles are 10th most in D-II. Popham's 70.8 slugging percentage ranks sixth in the RMAC.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) ranks sixth in D-II with 45 walks. His .479 on base percentage is the fourth best in the RMAC. Sauceda has walked 108 times in his career. He is four walks away from moving into the top 3 in RMAC history.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) remains one triple away from the Pack's career record in triples. He has 14 career triples. Hoffman's 14 career triples are sixth-most in RMAC history. He is tied with current Pack Assistant Coach Mike Massaro. In 2018, Hoffman's seven triples lead the RMAC and rank ninth in D-II.
Ryan Laydon (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) had two saves against the Grizzlies last week. Laydon threw 5.2 innings last weekend and allowed just three hits and two walks. He struck out three. Laydon's two saves are ninth-most in the RMAC. He is 3-2 overall.
Every Pack starter turned in a quality start last week. Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) leads the Pack with 60 strikeouts. The righty has the ninth-most punchouts in the RMAC. Douglas' five win are eighth-most in the conference. He allowed just one run and struck out six in five innings against the Grizzlies.
Nate Spear (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) The ThunderWolves are the second-best fielding team in the RMAC. The make 96.9 percent of their plays in the field.
CSU-Pueblo has won five RMAC tournaments during Stan Sanchez's 25 year tenure. Sanchez is the RMAC's all-time wins leader with 834 career victories. The Pack has made it to the Tournament Championship game 13 times.
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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