DENVER, Colo. (April 20, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball could not push their win streak to double digits as the Pack fell to Regis University 6-4 in the series opener Friday at the Regis Baseball Field.
Despite the loss, the Pack remains fourth in the RMAC standings with a 15-10 record in conference play. The ThunderWolves own a 23-15 mark overall. Regis improved to 23-19 (15-13 RMAC).
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with two walks. Sauceda drove in two runs. With two walks, Sauceda leads the RMAC with 38 free passes this season.
Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) had three hits in four trips including his 11th double of the season. Fuhrmann added a RBI in the loss.
Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) reached base three times. Kruger had two hits including a double. He also walked and scored a run.
RMAC Player of the Week, Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) had another two hits. Hoffman pushed his hitting streak to 11 games.
The Rangers got the game's first run in the bottom of the first. The Pack wasted no time tying the game up in the top of the second. Jake Boyd (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) walked and then came around on a Fuhrmann double.
In the third inning, the Rangers reclaimed the lead with two runs. They would add solo runs in the fourth and seventh to push their lead to 5-1.
The ThunderWolves fought back in the eighth. Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) walked. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) plated Popham with a RBI sacrifice fly to close the gap to three.
The Pack would load the bases in the eighth to bring up the tying run. However, CSU-Pueblocould not come through as the Rangers escaped the bases loaded jam.
Regis brought in an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. They carried a 6-2 edge into the ninth.
CSU-Pueblo made things interesting in the ninth. Down to their final strike, the ThunderWolves got a two-out single from Sauceda. Krueger and Popham scored to pull the Pack back within two. The Pack brought the tying run to the plate, but could not get the equalizer as Chris Quackenbush closed out the save and the 6-4 win for the home team.
Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) took the loss to fall to 3-2. Honorof surrendered six runs, just four earned in seven innings. The lefty did not walk anyone and struck out six. Brad Thoutt earned his conference-leading eighth win for the Rangers.
The Pack and Rangers are scheduled to meet in a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch in Denver 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.