April 22, 2011

Pack splits double dip with Mines

ThunderWolves lose momentum of 15-2 win with shutout loss in nightcap.


GOLDEN, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Apr. 22, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo roared Friday, torching Colorado School of Mines for 15 hits in a 15-2 schlacking in the opening game of an evening doubleheader, but lost its momentum when it was shutout 3-0 in the nightcap.

CSU-Pueblo, looking to keep pace in the RMAC Mountain Division race, will need a win Saturday in the series finale to stay within three games of division-leading Mesa State.

The highlight of the Pack's opening win was undoubtedly the play of Kyle Wager (Sr., Globe, Ariz.).  The Pack's catcher carried a big stick, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and an amazing seven RBI, one off the CSU-Pueblo single-game record. 

His first stroke scored the first runs of the game for the ThunderWovles, a three-run bomb in the third inning, while his second homer was another three-run jack in the sixth-inning, which gave the ThunderWolves an 8-2 advantage at the time. 

A seven-run 7th inning was only added to the run total, as several Pack subs entered the game to score the seven runs on five hits.

But the ThunderWolves needed to ration some of those runs for the second game, as a pitching duel broke for the Orediggers, with Jeremiah Struble (So., Manitou Springs, Colo.) seeing an effective five-hit game not bear any fruit while Mines' Matt Brown five-hit shutout.  The Pack couldn't muster any extra base hits in the game and grounded into two double plays.

The final game of the series will begin a newly scheduled time of 12 p.m. at Mines' Brooks Field in Golden.