GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (May 10, 2018) – Despite a 15-7 advantage in the hit column, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball came up short in a 10-6 loss to Colorado School of Mines Thursday in the second round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.
For the second consecutive game, the Pack committed four errors. CSU-Pueblo also left 11 runners on base compared to just three runners stranded for the Orediggers.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) scored three of the Pack's six runs. Krueger reached base four times with two hits including a double. He also got on board twice thanks to two Oredigger errors.
Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) picked up a pair of RBIs for the second time in as many games. Hoffman finished the day 2-for-5 with a double.
Senior Tanner Fuhrmann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) led the Pack with three hits. Fuhrmann also doubled for the sixteenth time this season.
Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) and Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) each had two hits and a RBI. Espinosa also doubled and scored a run. Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) smacked a double to bring in a run during a pinch-hit appearance.
Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) suffered his second consecutive hard-luck loss.in a row. Honorof went four innings giving up five runs, but just one was earned. He allowed just two hits and three walks. Honorof now stands 3-5.
The ThunderWolves struck first in the second inning. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) singled to bring in Espinosa for the game's first run. Two batters later, Hoffman swatted a double that plated Krueger to make it 2-0 after two.
Honorof cruised through his first three innings, facing just one batter over the minimum. The Orediggers got two unearned runs after an error in the fourth to tie the game at two.
The Pack reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth. Espinosa knocked in Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a single to make it 3-2.
Mines ended the Pack's momentum with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. They capitalized on three CSU-Pueblo errors in the inning to take an 8-3 lead.
A RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Hoffman cut into the Orediggers' advantage in the sixth. Lighthall sparked a two-run eighth for the Pack with a double that drove in Krueger. Boyd belted a single that scored pinch runner Connor Hughes (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) to trim the Mines lead to two.
The Orediggers put up two runs in the bottom of the eighth to push their lead back to four. They would close out the Pack 10-6 to become the only unbeaten team left in the RMAC Tournament.
The Pack will now play Regis University Friday at 11 a.m. at Suplizio Field. The loser will be bounced from the double-elimination tournament.
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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