|Posted February 6, 2009|
Pack storms to season-opening win
PUEBLO, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo's sticks were alive in the non-conference season-opener vs. Metro State Friday, banging out 13 runs on 12 hits in a 13-6 win over the Roadrunners.
The Pack put up four runs in the first inning on Metro State, helped along by three Roadrunners errors, to take a quick 4-0 lead.
Metro State made things interesting, putting up a three-spot in the second inning, helped by a two-run shot by Tyree Abshire. Metro added the tying run in the fourth on an RBI single by Tom Frikken.
The Pack back right away in the bottom of the fourth, first getting an RBI single from Tony Pechek (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), and following it up with a bases-clearing triple by Juan Martinez (Jr., Caricao, Venezuela), scoring two as the Pack took a 7-4 lead.
After Metro State added another run to make it 7-5 after five innings, Pack relivers came in and shut down the Metro State offense. Carter Whitman (Jr., Bell Canyon, Calif.) pitched two innings of solid ball, only giving up a solo homer to Jordan Stouffer and one walk while striking out four. Wes Oliver (Jr., Ridgecrest, Calif.) was on fire in his relief appearance, pitching two innings of perfect ball, striking out two.
Meanwhile, the Pack bats took off, putting up five runs in a powerful 7th inning. The ThunderWolves' first six runners reached, paving the way for the big inning, headlined by a 2 RBI single by Zach Hoffman (Jr., Pueblo West, Colo.), as the Pack took a commanding 11-6 lead.
A monstrous solo shot in the 8th by Ryan Wager (Sr., San Bernardino, Calif.), who went 3-for-4 with a homer, 2 RBI and two runs scored, put the cherry on top of a banner opener.
Opening day starting pitcher Mario Mattivi (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) earned the win, giving up three earned runs in five innings.
CSU-Pueblo will return to the diamond Saturday when they entertain Metro State in a non-conference doubleheader, beginning at 12 p.m.
PACK NOTES: Senior Rutger Bovard (Sr., Kent, Wash.) saw his 24-game hit streak, carried over from last season, come to an end with an 0-for-4 day. Bovard did, however, reach base three times, and scored three runs, stealing two bases ... CSU-Pueblo's opening day win was its sixth straight season-opening win. Since the CSU-Pueblo baseball program was resurrected in 1994, the Pack is 9-7 is season-openers.