GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (May 10, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball bested Regis University 8-5 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament elimination game Friday morning at Suplizio Field.
The ThunderWolves will advance to play Colorado School of Mines Friday at 7 p.m. The Rangers season comes to an end with a 27-24 record.
Zach Hoffman (Sr. South Jordan, Utah) dominated the game in every facet. Hoffman went 3-for-6 with two runs at the plate. He also drove in a run. With the Pack holding a one-run lead in the fifth, Hoffman took over on the mound. The lefty threw the final 4.2 innings and allowed just one run. Hoffman earned the win to move to 5-4 on the year.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) delivered three hits. Sauceda drove in a team-high three runs. He now has seven RBIs in the RMAC Tournament. The first baseman also scored a run.
Third baseman Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) collected four hits in five trips including a double and a triple. These would be the Pack's only two extra base hits of the day. Popham came home twice in the victory.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draped, Utah) had his second consecutive multi-hit game. Krueger drove in two runs.
Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) also plated two runs. He went 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch.
The Pack got off to a fast start. Hoffman led off the game with a single. He would score the game's first run on a Sauceda base hit. The Pack scored three more times in the inning, two of which came on a single by Krueger. CSU-Pueblo batted around in the first and led 4-0 after one.
Regis would respond with three runs in the third. In the top of the fifth inning, the Pack built the lead back to two runs. Popham led off the inning with his third triple of the year. He would score on an Espinosa single to put the Pack up 5-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Rangers answered with a run of their own to chase Pack starter Chris Douglas (Jr., Pheonx, Ariz.). With one on, the Pack turned to Hoffman who got the final two outs of the fifth. Both Douglas and Hoffman surrendered five hits and two walks. Douglas struck out two in a no decision effort.
Each team scored a run in the sixth. The Pack's run came on a Sauceda single that brought in Hoffman to make it 6-4. The Rangers erased that run with one of their own to make it a one-run game once again.
The Pack continued to build momentum in the seventh. Hoffman drove in Billy Reyes (Jr. Yucaipa, Calif.) to put the ThunderWolves up two again.
An inning later, the Pack picked up another run. Sauceda drove in pinch runner Jordyn Compehos (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) to put the ThunderWolves ahead 8-5. Hoffman stranded two Rangers in both the eighth and ninth to help the Pack advance.
CSU-Pueblo now stands 29-22 overall. They will face the Orediggers in a rematch of Thursday night's game. First pitch between the Pack and Orediggers is slated for 7 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