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CSU-Pueblo baseball splits series with Rangers

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In a four game series with the Regis Rangers, the Colorado State University-Pueblo’s baseball won two of the four games. The first two games were close with the Thunderwolves losing the first game by one run and winning the next by the same amount. The doubleheader on Sunday was not as close as the Thunderwolves lost the first game 9-4 then rebounded 7-1 in the final game of the series.

The first game started with a pitching battle for the majority of the game. The Rangers got the early lead with a solo home run late in the first inning. Neither team scored until the ninth-inning when the Rangers added another run. The Thunderwolves were also able to respond with a Taylor Snyder, SS No. 28, solo home run to score the Pack’s only run of the game.

The pitching duel was highlighted by Cameron Weinburg, Jr. No. 32, as he struck out 11 batters in almost eight innings. Weinburg did allow the early home run in the first but only allowed three walks over the span of Weinburgs 148 pitches.

The defense did help with a couple plays as senior catcher Beau Cebulski threw out three base runners that attempted to steal a base.

Game two was an offensive battle between the two teams with the Thunderwolves edging out a 9-8 win. The hits started early and often but it wasn’t until the third-inning that both teams scored. Both scored one run. The Thunderwolves were able to gather some momentum going into the fourth and fifth innings as the Pack scored three and four runs respectively. The Rangers added one run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh. The Pack added another run in the eighth to bring the score to 9-4, but the Rangers almost came back by scoring four runs with two outs but came up one run short.

The hitting was highlighted by Jordan Godman, CF 23, and Snyder as the two both had a three hit game. Godman scored three runs and brought in another as Snyder brought in four.

Game three started off strong for the Pack as they jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Rangers responded in the third with one run but the Pack extended the lead by two in the fifth bring the score to 4-1 going into the sixth. The lead didn’t last as the Rangers scored one run in the sixth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth. The Pack offense stalled and was never able to recover and the final ended 9-4.

Game four was controlled by the Pack. The offense put up three runs in the third and four more in the sixth. The only run the Rangers scored was a home run in the fourth but other than that home run, pitcher Kyle Lazcano, Jr. No. 27, pitched a great game. Lazcano pitched the whole game and threw five strike outs and did not walk a single batter.

This series improved on Godman’s spectacular season. After this series Godman leads all of division 2 baseball with a .510 batting average.

The next game will be the Pack the Park game as the Thunderwolves will play New Mexico Highlands University on April 29 at 7:05 p.m. at Runyon Field near downtown Pueblo.