PUEBLO, Colo. Colo. (May 4, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball beat Adams State University 4-3 n front of 2,916 fans at Runyon Field for the 14th annual Pack the Park event.
Over 800 kids from around the community came to Runyon Field for a free Youth clinic led by the Pack Baseball. The ThunderWolves also celebrated the careers of its 12 seniors and gave out great prizes throughout the night.
Gilbert Sauceda (Jr., Indio, Calif.) went 2-for-3. Sauceda drove in two runs that proved to be the game winner with a single in the fifth.
Dakota Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) had two hits in two trips. He also received an intentional walk. Popham scored a run in the win.
Jake Boyd (Salt Lake City, Utah) celebrated his senior night with a two-run double. Boyd also made several diving catches through the day. He scored a run in game two.
Jason Lighthall (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) earned the win to improve to 3-2 on the year. Lighthall lasted 5.1 innings and limited the Grizzlies to just seven hits. He did not walk anyone and fanned five Grizzlies.
Senior Ryan Laydon (Pueblo, Colo.) shutout the Grizzlies with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief to snag his first save of the season. Laydon held Adams State hitless and allowed just one walk. He struck out three of the six batters he faced.
With their win over the Grizzlies, the Pack clinched their 10th consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Tournament appearance. They are 25-21 with a 17-16 record in RMAC play. Adams State stands 3-45 (3-31 RMAC).
Before the fanfare of Pack the Park, the ThunderWolves dropped game one of the doubleheader 3-1. The Pack's lone run in the early game came courtesy of Popham. The third baseman blasted his team-leading seventh home run of the season in the eighth inning. He finished the day 2-for-4 with his RMAC leading 20th double of the year.
Danny Honorof (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) allowed three runs in the first, but shutout the Grizzlies for the final eight innings. Honorof threw his first career complete game. He allowed no runs, and five hits over the last eight innings. Honorof struck out two.
The Pack will host the Grizzlies in a doubleheader Saturday at Rawlings Field starting at 1 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader will be the Pack's final two home games of 2018.
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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