Honorof brilliant as Pack whacks NMHU

Honorof brilliant as Pack whacks NMHU

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 16, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball celebrated their first home game in a month by bashing New Mexico Highlands University 8-2 at Rawlings Field Friday night.

The ThunderWolves rode a great pitching performance from Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside Calif.) to victory. Honorof threw 126 pitches over eight innings. He allowed just two earned runs on six hits and two walks.

Honorof struck out seven batters. The win was the lefty's first victory in a Pack uniform. Honorof lowered his ERA to 3.57.  

Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) led the Pack at the dish with a 3-for-5 outing. Krueger scored two runs and drove in one more. The right field also stole two bases.

Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) launched his first home run in a Pack uniform. Lighthall's three-run home run got the scoring started for the Pack. He finished 2-for-4.

Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) went 2-for-4. Fuhrmann scored a run and drove in one more.  

Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) and Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) both posted 2-for-5 with a RBI. Sauceda scored a run as well. Hoffman hit a double in the win.  

Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) reached base three times. Romero drew three walks in four trips. He also scored two runs.

Sauceda led off the second inning with a single. Romero followed with a walk. Lighthall stepped in and crushed a curve ball over the right field fence to give the Pack a 3-0 lead.

The ThunderWolves added one more in the third. Krueger singled and stole a base. Hoffman drove in Krueger with a RBI double to make it 4-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Sauceda singled to drive in Krueger. The Pack took a 5-0 lead after five.

The Cowboys did their damage in the sixth inning. Garrett Hammer hit a two-run home run, which would be the Cowboys only runs. The home run was the only extra base hit Honorof allowed in the game.

CSU-Pueblo answered in their half of the sixth. Krueger doubled and drove in Fuhrmann to push the Pack's lead back to four.

The Pack struck for two more in the seventh.  Fuhrmann drove in Romero with a single. Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly to bring in pinch runner Connor Hughes (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) to make it 8-2.

Justin Jaime (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) entered in the ninth after Honorof exited. Jaime sat down the Cowboys in order to close out the win for the Pack.

With the win, CSU-Pueblo evened its record at 11-11. Highlands slipped to 7-14. Both teams stand 3-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

The Pack and the Cowboys will clash in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Both games will be seven innings 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