DENVER, Colo. (April 22, 2018) – Despite holding leads in both contests, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball dropped the final two games of its series with Regis University Sunday at the Regis Baseball Field.
Game two of the series started Saturday afternoon. With the game tied at eight heading into 10th inning, the contest was delayed to due a lack of lighting at the Regis Baseball Field. When the game resumed Sunday morning, the Rangers pulled out a 9-8 win in 11 innings.
The Pack held a 4-0 lead in game three of the series that started Sunday. However, the Rangers scored the final five runs of the seven inning affair to complete the sweep for Regis.
In the game started Saturday, the Rangers put the first run on the board. The ThunderWolves answered with two in the third. Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) slugged a two-run single that plated Jordyn Compehos (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) and Mason Krueger (Jr., Draper, Utah) put the Pack in front.
Compehos reached base four times in game two. He went 1-for-3 with three walks. The senior had a run and a RBI Saturday. Sunday saw Compehos go 1-for-1 with a walk and another RBI.
Krueger finished game two of the series 4-for-6 with two doubles. He would score three runs.
The Pack added to its lead in the fifth inning Saturday with three more runs. Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) had the big blow of the inning with a two-run single that drove in Krueger and Zach Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah). Sauceda also reached base four times in game two of the series. He walked three times and scored two runs.
After a Ranger run in the bottom half, the Pack tacked on three more in the top of the sixth to make it 8-2. Tanner Fuhrmann (Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz.) had a two-run single. He would score on a Brandon Maes (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) double. Fuhrmann had three hits in six trips.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Rangers would score five runs to close the gap to one. With the bases loaded, Hoffman got the final out of the sixth to preserve the Pack's lead momentarily.
The Rangers would tie the game in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, after two scoreless extra innings, the two teams left the field tied 8-8. When the action resumed Sunday, the Rangers picked up the winning run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning.
CSU-Pueblo took charge of game two in the second inning with two runs. Ambrose Romero (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) drove in Sauceda with a single. Compehos knocked in Fuhrmann with a one-bagger. Romero went 3-for-3 in the series finale.
An inning later, the Pack padded its lead with two more runs. Sauceda slugged a double to bring in Popham. Robbie Espinosa (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch that made it 4-0. Sauceda went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the series finale.
A pair of unearned runs in the fifth brought the Rangers back within two. They got a three-run triple in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. They would close out the Pack in the bottom of the seventh.
Chris Douglas (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) suffered a hard-luck loss. Douglas allowed three earned runs, seven hits, and two walks in 5.2 innings.
With the two losses, the Pack fell behind the Rangers in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings. The ThunderWolves hold the fifth seed with a 15-12 record in RMAC play. CSU-Pueblo stands 23-17 overall. Regis holds a 17-13 mark in RMAC games and stands 25-19 overall.
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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