PUEBLO, Colo. (April 8, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball swept its doubleheader Sunday at Rawlings Field defeating New Mexico Highlands University 16-7 in game one and smashing Adams State 16-5 in game two.
The victories propelled the Pack to a four-game sweep in the weekend pod. These wins also catapulted the ThunderWolves into fourth place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.
Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) had six RBIs between the two games. Espinosa had three hits and belted his second home run of the season in game one. The DH scored two runs in each game. He also slugged his first triple at CSU-Pueblo.
Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) had five hits between the two games. Boyd went 2-for-3 in game one with a run and a RBI. The second baseman had three hits and three runs scored in game two. He also stole a base. Boyd finished the series 10-for-16 (.625) with six RBIs.
The Pack got a lot of production out of the catcher spot. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) went 2-for-5 with three runs scored in game one. Not to be outdone, Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) had three hits in four trips in game two. Maes narrowly missed a cycle with a double and a triple. Like Romero, he scored three runs.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) had four RBIs in game two. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk against the Grizzlies. Popham finished the weekend with nine RBIs and six runs scored. He hit .571 for the pod.
One day after his 16-game hitting streak ended, Jorge Duarte (Sr., San Luis, Ariz.) started a new hitting streak. In game two, Duarte had two hits in game two. He drove in four runs and scored twice against the Grizzlies.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) had two hits in each game. He scored three runs on the day. The right fielder also stole a base.
CSU-Pueblo got after the Cowboys early. Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) launched his second home run of the season to put the Pack up 2-0. After NMHU tied the game with two runs in the second, the Pack answered with a four-run third. They added one in the fourth and five in the sixth to make it 12-2.
That would be all the help Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) would need. Douglas earned the win over NMHU to move to 3-2. He struck out six in six innings. The righty gave up two runs on six hits and walks.
Against the Grizzlies, the Pack also got on the board first with four runs in the third inning. The normally sure-handed, Pack defense had two errors in the fourth that allowed the Grizzlies to take a 5-4 lead. With the bases loaded, Ryan Laydon (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) entered the game in the fourth and got the final out.
Adams State would not lead for long as the Pack put up another four spot in the fourth to jump in front 8-5. The ThunderWolves scored eight more runs in the sixth. They sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth.
Laydon earned the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. He struck out three.
The Pack now stands 19-14 overall with an 11-9 record in RMAC games. CSU-Pueblo has a 15-6 record at home. They will continue their 16-game homestand Friday when they host Colorado Christian University at 6 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