March 5, 2011

Sanchez gets 600th win as Pack sweeps Mines

ThunderWolves' skipper attains honor as Pack starts 2-0 in RMAC play.


PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Mar. 5, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo head baseball coach, Stan Sanchez, earned his 600th career win Saturday as the ThunderWolves took a pair of games from Colorado School of Mines, winning 4-3 and 13-9.

Sanchez, the Pack's skipper since 1994, improved his career record to 600-374, a better than 61 percent winning percentage with the two victories, and helped take the sting away from a ho-hum 2-4 start to the 2011 season.

Leading the charge were quality starts by Cole Stephens (Sr., Amarillo, Tex.) and Matt Cole (Sr., Walnut, Calif.), who gave up just three earned runs apiece, and a breakout pair of games from sophomore infielder Chase Lacomb (So., Las Vegas, Nev.), the Pack's future in the middle infield who came up huge.

Lacomb, who was inserted into the lineup as a starter for the first time as a nine-hole hitter at second base, certainly didn't hit like a nine-hole hitter, going a combined 3-for-7 on the day and 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position.  His biggest hit came in the second game, where he fired a bases loaded triple, plating three runs and helping the Pack to a 7-run third inning that helped seal the game.

On the mound, Stephens put forward his second-straight quality start, going six innings and striking out nine.  Cole, meanwhile, put up his best showing of the season pitching out of the two-hole in the rotation, pitching five innings and giving up five hits, holding the Orediggers to just three runs.

CSU-Pueblo will try to get Sanchez wins number 601 and 602 Sunday when the ThunderWolves host Colorado Mines for the final two games of the four-game set.