|Posted May 9, 2012|
Pack sunk in pitchers' dual
ThunderWolves now face elimination Thursday with showdown against conference champion, Colorado Mesa.
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - May 9, 2012) - If your starting pitcher can deliver a complete game, 13-strikeout performance, you have to feel pretty good about your chances to get a win.
CSU-Pueblo, however, despite 13 K's by Mike Fabrizio (So., Pueblo, Colo.), simply couldn't solve its archnemesis, Regis' Charlie Henderson, who blanked the Pack in a complete game, 15-strikeout two-hitter, his third straight 10-plus strikeout performance against the ThunderWolves, as CSU-Pueblo fell 3-0 in the opener at the RMAC Tournament Wednesday.
The ThunderWolves hit it out of the infield only seven times, resulting in six fly-outs and one solid base hit to centerfield by Mike Knueppel (Jr., Mesa, Ariz.), getting very few legitimate opportunities to score runs.
Fabrizio, who hit a career-high in strikeouts, gave up the first run on a sacrifice fly then the remaining two runs in a two-run eighth inning, turning an otherwise masterful performance on its ear as CSU-Pueblo simply failed to dent Henderson.
The result of the loss is catastrophic, as CSU-Pueblo, the host of the RMAC Tournament, faces elimination in its own park as it will face Regular Season RMAC Champion Colorado Mesa at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. CSU-Pueblo dropped seven of eight to the Mavericks this season.