|Posted May 2, 2009|
Pack wraps up Plains Division with sweep of Mines
PUEBLO - The Pack rode two effective pitching performances to claim two big wins over Colorado School of Mines Saturday, clinching the RMAC Plains Division for the ThunderWolves and securing the second seed in next week's RMAC Tournament.
CSU-Pueblo scored its first shutout since March 31, 2006 with a 5-0 win over the Orediggers in the opener, and followed it up with a rally in the second game, scoring a 6-4 win.
The ThunderWolves got a lights-out game from starting pitcher Mario Mattivi (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.). Mattivi, who was slated to start CSU-Pueblo's "Pack the Park" game Friday night before it was rained out, threw six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and striking out five. Mattivi ran his 2009 win total to nine games, pacing the RMAC.
In game two, starter Dillon Meaney (Jr., Westminster, Colo.) suffered only one bad inning on the mound for the Pack, giving up four runs to Mines in the second inning, before settling down. Aside from the four hits and four runs he gave up in that inning, Meaney allowed just three more hits in six innings, recording three strikeouts.
The Pack rallied from the 4-0 deficit to nickel and dime their way back into the lead. Led by a pair of 3-for-4 games by Tony Pechek (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), and Jason Fobes (Sr., Longmont, Colo.), who recorded two and three RBI, respectively, the ThunderWolves took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hernandez promptly came to the mound to close out the game, earning his seventh save of the season.
CSU-Pueblo will look to close out the series Sunday with another doubleheader at Rawlings Field, beginning at noon. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament will kick off May 6 at CSU-Pueblo's Rawlings Field.