PUEBLO, Colo. (February 10, 2017) – Steel & Silver trophy rivals, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball and University of Colorado Colorado Springs clashed for the first time on the baseball diamond in a double header Friday at Rawlings Field. The Mountain Lions took game one, 10-8, but the ThunderWolves dominated game two, 13-4.
Ambrose Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) delivered in the clean-up spot. Romero went 5-for-6 at the dish in the two seven inning showdowns. He also blasted his first home run of the season and drove in four runs. Romero also scored three times in the second game and drew a walk in the first contest.
Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) reached base in all six of his plate appearances Friday. Devery went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks in game one. He smacked a double and in a run. In game two, Devery had two hits in two trips. He scored twice and drove in two runs with a RBI triple. Devery drew yet another free pass in the second game. He has a 1.000 batting average and has reach base in all eight of his appearances this season, drawing four walks.
Derek Rohleder (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) shined in his first start in game two. Rohleder earned his first win at CSU-Pueblo with a six inning outing. He allowed just one earned run and four hits. The lefty struck out five and walked just two batters in the win.
Senior, Brandon Castaneda (Azusa, Calif.) had a 5-for-7 day between the two games. Castaneda scored three times and plated three runs. He smacked a double in game two.
Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) went 6-of-9 at the dish. He scored twice and stole bases.
Reigning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Jake Boyd (Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah) jump started the Pack's offense. Leading off game one, Boyd blasted the Pack's first home run of the season to give the ThunderWolves an early 1-0 lead.
However, the Mountain Lions answered with six runs in the second and two runs in the third to make it 8-1. CSU-Pueblo bounced back in the third with two runs courtesy of a Castaneda single and a Devery double. They would eventually cut the Mountain Lions lead to 8-6.
After a UCCS run in the sixth, the Pack battled back with two runs of their own. A Castaneda single, and a Tanner Fuhrmann (Jr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) sac fly made it a 9-8 game. UCCS added one run in the seventh to escape with a 10-8 win.
The ThunderWolves took over game two in the first inning. After Rohleder retired the side in order, Romero quickly put the Pack up two with a home run to right center. Hoffman scored on the Romero dinger to make it 2-0.
The Mountain Lions cut the lead to one in the second, but the Pack would put it away in the third. CSU-Pueblo scored five runs and batted around in both the third and the fourth to make it a 12-1 lead. Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) led off both innings for the Pack, singling in the third and walking in the fourth. He drew four walks Friday and scored four times for the Pack.
The Pack added one more in the fifth inning to push the lead to a dozen. UCCS would respond with three runs in the late innings, but Kevin Megyeri (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) shut the door for the Pack recording the final two outs.
After Friday's non-conference doubleheader, the Pack owns a 2-3 record overall. The Mountains Lions have a 3-3 record in their inaugural season.
CSU-Pueblo and UCCS will play the rubber match of their three-game non-conference series Saturday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. at Rawlings Field.
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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.