PUEBLO, Colo. (February 2, 2018) – Starting their 25th season since the program was relaunched, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseballstarted strong, but could not hang on as they dropped their season opener to West Texas A&M University 9-3.
Power and speed proved to be the difference as the Buffaloes had five extra base hits, while outhitting the Pack 10-6. They also stole five bases.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) went 2-for-4 on the day. Sauceda earned both Pack RBIs on the day with a pair of singles.
The Pack got on the board early. Hoffman led off the bottom of the first with a single. Chris Devery (Sr., Saugus, Calif.) drew a walk. With runners on first and second, Sauceda smacked a single up the middle that brought in Hoffman and put the Pack up 1-0.
Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) took the ball on opening day and threw four shutout innings. However, the fifth inning would cause Douglas problems as the Buffaloes belted a two-run home run to take a 2-1 lead. They added one more in the inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Douglas finished with 4.1 innings pitched. He struck out six, while walking two and allowing four hits and two earned runs. Douglas would take the loss in his Pack debut.
The Buffaloes would pour it on over the next few innings scoring in every inning after the fourth. They tacked on seven unanswered runs to make it 7-1.
CSU-Pueblo put up a two-spot in the eighth. Boyd belted a one-out triple. Devery hit a flare to the outfield that fell off a Buffalo defender's glove to bring in Boyd. The Pack's third baseman scored on a Sauceda single that brought the Pack back within four.
West Texas silenced the Pack's rally attempt with two more runs in the ninth. Tate Huebner tossed three innings of relief to close out the Pack and earn the save.
Ryan Larison earned his and the team's first win of the season. Larison calmed down after a rocky first to finish with six strikeouts in six innings. He gave up just three hits and two walks.
The Pack will look to even the score with West Texas Saturday. First pitch at Rawlings Field is slated for 3 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.