PUEBLO, Colo. (February 4, 2017) – On Super Bowl weekend, Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball and Emporia State University decided their game Saturday at Rawlings Field by a score more fit for the gridiron. Emporia State went on a scoring spree to defeat the Pack 27-14.
Jake Boyd (Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah) continued the impressive start to his Pack career Saturday. Boyd wet 4-for-6 at the dish with a triple and two doubles. Moving up to the lead-off spot, Boyd drove in five runs and scored three times for the Pack. He also stole his second base in as many games to start the season.
Playing in his first game for CSU-Pueblo, catcher Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) plated a pair of runs. Romero went 3-for-5 at the plate. He also scored three times.
Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) slugged four base hits in five trips. Sauceda finished with two RBIs. He would also score a run.
Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. He also drove in a run in his second game as a ThunderWolf.
Offensively, the Pack thrived in the windy conditions, delivering 14 runs on 19 hits. However, CSU-Pueblo could not overcome with the Hornets power advantage.
A total of nine Pack pitchers took the mound to try and contain the Hornets offense, but only two escaped without surrendering a run. Emporia State scored 27 runs on just 20 hits. However, four of those hits left the yard. The Pack walked 11 batters and plunked four more. They also committed three errors which led to 16 of the 27 runs being unearned.
For the second straight day, Emporia State scored in the top of the first, taking a 1-0 lead. The Pack answered in the bottom half with a Sauceda RBI double that drove in Castaneda.
The flood gates opened for Emporia State in the second inning as the Hornets scored 10 times and sent 15 men to the plate.
In the fourth inning, both teams combined for 17 runs. The Hornets tacked on eight in the top half to take a 19-1 lead. The Pack would fight back with nine runs in the bottom half as they tried to pull off a historic rally.
The Pack put up a three spot in the sixth to cut the lead to 19-13. Boyd drove in two of these runs with a double and scored later on a Castaneda groundout.
Although they trimmed the Hornets lead from 18 to 6, the Pack could not complete the comeback. Emporia State tacked on six runs in the seventh and two more in the eight as they pulled away with a 27-14 win.
Cameron Weinberg (Sr., San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) took the loss for the Pack. He lasted 1.1 innings and gave up six runs (four earned) and three walks. Emporia State starter, Nathan Gieber did not fare much better as he also surrendered six runs in 3.2 innings. Taylor Thompson earned the win for the Hornets despite allowing four in two innings of work.
The Pack will look to avoid the sweep Sunday when they wrap up their home series with the Hornets. First from Rawlings field is slated for 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.