|Posted May 1, 2010|
Sanchez goes yard twice as Pack salvages win
Colorado Mines 8, CSU-Pueblo 5
CSU-Pueblo 8, Colorado Mines 7
GOLDEN - Though the ThunderWolves' spirits were low Saturday as they were at risk of suffering their first series sweep to Colorado School of Mines in school history, senior Mike Sanchez (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) gave the Pack something to smile about, launching two bombs - the first two home runs of his career - as the Pack salvaged a doubleheader split with the Orediggers and ended the regular season on a high note.
CSU-Pueblo fell 8-5 in the opener before holding on for an 8-7 win in the late game. The Pack, now at 22-22 and 16-15 in RMAC play, will open the RMAC Tournament at Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday.
Sanchez closed up the most impressive series of his career by turning in his second and third consecutive three-hit game Saturday. His two homers in the final game were monumental for the normally light-hitting second baseman, who is currently on an 11-game hit streak, the longest of his career. During that 11-game streak, Sanchez is 22-for-42, hitting .542.
Sanchez' monster day overshadowed a Pack team that has faded down the stretch, losing five of the past six games and limping into the RMAC Tournament. Throughout the whole series, the Pack used mostly first-year players in the lineup as seniors were sat.
In the first game Saturday, A six-run second-inning was enough to lift the Orediggers to a win, putting Mines in position to claim their first ever series sweep from the ThunderWolves.
CSU-Pueblo nearly blew an 8-2 lead late in the second game, giving up five runs in the final two innings and stranding three runners on base to close the game out, eeking out the 8-7 win.
With the recent skid behind them, however, CSU-Pueblo is looking to find lightning in a bottle and claim its second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament championship this week. The first step isn't kind, however, as the Pack opens the double-elimination tournament against tourney host, Nebraska-Kearney, on the Lopers' home turf at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday.