PUEBLO, Colo. (February 3, 2017) – On a cold opening day, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball's offense could not find its groove as they fell to the No. 30 ranked Emporia State University Hornets, 8-0 Friday afternoon.
Jake Boyd (Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah) accounted for half of the Pack's offense with two hits. Boyd went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) went 1-for-2 with a single and was a hit by a pitch. Senior Spencer Daniels (Saugus, Calif.) collected the Pack's final with a base knock in his only at-bat in the ninth inning.
CSU-Pueblo fell behind before they lifted bat as Emporia State struck for two runs in the top of the first. The Hornets added two more in the third and one in the fourth to put the Pack in an early 5-0 hole.
Thanks to a Boyd single, the Pack had a chance to cut into the deficit in the fourth. After Sauceda was hit by a pitch and Boyd singled, the Pack would have two runners in scoring position, but they could not get the run across.
A similar situation arose in the sixth inning. After Sauceda roped a single to right, an error on a Boyd groundball gave the Pack two men in scoring position with two outs. Once again, the Hornets would wiggle out of trouble as they put an end to the Pack's last rally.
The ThunderWolves could only muster four hits against Emporia State starter Seth Holman and reliever Tyler Buss. Holman threw six innings, surrendering three hits and striking out four. Buss earned the save after three innings of one-hit ball. He struck out five.
Kyle Peeler (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) took the loss for the Pack. He gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings. Peeler struggled to get out Hornet catcher Mason Brown who went 4-fo-4 with three runs and three RBIs. He homered in the third inning.
Niko Castaneda (Sr., West Covina, Calif.) worked effectively in three innings. Castaneda gave up just one hit. He struck out two batters and did not issue a walk.
The Pack and Hornets will meet again Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rawlings. The Pack will wrap up their home opening series with the Hornets Sunday at 12 p.m.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.