The ThunderWolves shrugged off falling just short of a comeback win the opener of a doubleheader with Metro State Saturday, evening the score with an impressive 6-1 win in the late game.
The win improves the Pack's mark to 2-1 on the young season, with the chance to take 3-of-4 from the Roadrunners with a win in the series finale Sunday at 11 a.m.
CSU-Pueblo got two solid starting pitching performances from Jesus Hernandez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) in the first game, followed by a stellar effort by Dustin Timmins (Sr., Alamosa, Colo.) in the night cap. But in Hernandez' outing, a down first inning hampered the Pack's fortunes throughout.
Hernandez gave up four runs on three hits in the first inning, but settled down to allow just two more runs on four hits for the remainder of the game, putting in a compete game for the Pack.
CSU-Pueblo worked hard to make up the disadvantage, getting as close as 4-3 in the second inning before Metro State added two more runs in the top of the 5th inning to take a 6-3 lead. CSU-Pueblo added another to make the game 6-4 going into the deciding 7th inning.
A Pack rally seemed eminent in the bottom of the 7th, as the first three hitters of the inning singled to juice the bases with no outs. But to Metro State's credit, they forced a fielder's choice, a pop out, and the game-ending groundout to protect a fragile 6-5 win.
The Pack got the sour taste out of their mouth with a stellar all-around performance in the night cap. Led by Timmins' pitching performance, who held the Roadrunners hitless for three innings, only giving up two hits and one run in five innings of work, the ThunderWolves took an early lead and controlled the game from the get-go.
A first inning RBI double by Tony Pechek (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) followed by an RBI single by Jerry Salazar (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) gave the Pack an early 2-0 advantage, holding it behind Timmins' performance on the mound.
CSU-Pueblo erased all doubt with a four-run fourth, getting the inning's first three batters aboard and exploding in a base-clearing triple by Rutger Bovard (Sr., Kent, Wash.) for 2 ribbies, giving the Pack a 6-0 advantage after four.
The Pack's win puts them in position to win the opening four-game series of the season for the first time in two years