|Posted March 14, 2008|
Mattivi, Garcia solid as Pack upends Regis
DENVER, Colo. - Entering the season, Mario Mattivi didn't know where he'd rate on Colorado State University-Pueblo's pitching depth chart.
Heck, he didn't have big expectations, either, hoping to become the team's No. 4 starter, the Sunday afternoon cleanup pitcher.
In just a few short weeks, everthing has changed. Mattivi no longer has to worry about where he ranks with the Pack. He's the team's No. 1 starter.
On Friday, Mattivi showed Regis why he's climbed so far so quickly.
The former South High School standout pitched six strong innings in leading CSU-Pueblo to a 9-4 victory over Regis in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference showdown at Regis Baseball Field.
Mattivi scattered eight hits while giving up four runs, three of which were earned. He struck out four and walked three in running his record to 3-0 on the season.
Mattivi started out slowly, giving up a leadoff single to Chris Steinbeck. A pair of balks later, Steinbeck was on third, and he scored on a single by Michael Khouri.
Mattivi recovered from the slow start, however, to hold Regis to but one more run during his six innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Pack gave Mattivi all the support he needed, scoring single runs in the second, third and sixth innings before putting the game away with a four-run seventh. the Pack added two runs in the ninth, riding the strength of 10 hits, four walks and thiree hit batsmen to a big scoring day.
CSU-Pueblo received strong efforts on offense from left fielder Rutger Bovard and third baseman Mike Jasperson, both of whom went was 2-for-4 and scored a run. Designated hitter Jason Fobes went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. In all, seven CSU-Pueblo batters recorded hits.
Other Pack players who produced key hits were second baeman Mike Sanchez and shortstop Matt Wismann, each of whom singled in a run and scored a run. Centerfield Jon Proesl also recorded an RBI.
The win was a huge boost after the Pack were swept by the Colorado School of Mines in a doubleheader last weekend to gain a split of the weekend series.
Friday's win improved CSU-Pueblo's record to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in RMAC play. Regis fell to 9-7 overall and 5-3 in the RMAC.
The teams will play a doubleader today at Regis, beginning at noon.