GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (May 11, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball's 25th season since the restart came to an end Friday night as the Pack fell to Colorado School of Mines 16-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.
The ThunderWolves took third place in the tournament with a 2-2 record. They wrapped up their season 29-23.
It would be one bad inning that doomed the Pack's postseason run. The Orediggers scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to pull away from the Pack.
Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) slugged two hits in five trips. Boyd also crushed his second home run of the year in his final game with the Pack. His two-run shot put the Pack in front 2-0.
Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Arizona) wrapped up his Pack career with a 3-for-4 day at the dish. Duarte scored a run and drove in one more.
Senior Zach Hoffman (South Jordan, Utah) scored two runs. Hoffman had a hit and drew a walk in his final game with the Pack.
Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) threw 3.2 innings of relief surrendering one run. He stopped the bleeding in the fourth inning, getting the final two outs. Lighthall struck out four batters. He also had a RBI double in his only plate appearance.
Talon Schaller (Jr., Lakewood, Colo.) crushed his first home run in a Pack uniform. Schaller's two-run shot came in his only at bat of the tournament.
Hoffman kept the third inning alive for the Pack with a two-out double. Boyd blasted a two-run dinger to put the Pack up 2-0 in the third inning.
The Orediggers countered with a run in the bottom of the third. They put together a 13-run fourth inning that forced the Pack to use seven pitchers and gave the Orediggers a 14-2 lead.
Lighthall's double drove in Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) to make it 14-3 in the sixth. The Orediggers pushed two more across in the sixth to take a 16-3 lead.
The Pack would not quit. Tanner Furhmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) singled in the eighth. The Pack brought in Schaller who obliterated a ball over the left field fence. Schaller annihilated his first home run to make it 16-5.
CSU-Pueblo continued to battle in the ninth. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) came through with a single for his last Pack hit. Duarte followed with a RBI double.
A bases loaded walk to Jordyn Compehos (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) brought in Duarte. Hoffman scored on a Sauceeda sacrifice fly to make it 16-8. However, the Pack would not inch closer as their season came to an end.
The Pack has made the RMAC Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons. They have 21 winning seasons in Head Coach Stan Sanchez's 25 seasons.
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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