GOLDEN, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com – Apr. 11, 2014) — After dropping the first game 13-8, the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves came from 2-0 down to score five unanswered runs to salvage a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball split with the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers on Friday evening here at Jim Darden Field.
The 5-2 second game win left the Pack with 18-17 overall and 14-10 RMAC records while the Orediggers are now 15-16 overall and 13-11 in the loop heading into another doubleheader between the teams on Sunday, starting at noon.
After a high scoring opener, neither team would dent the scoreboard in the second until the Orediggers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth.
However, the ThunderWolves answered right back as Austin Mascorro (Jr., Oxnard, Calif.) led off the sixth with a walk before scoring from first on a Scott Hoyt (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) double. Derek Goodwin (Jr., Diamond Bar, Calif.) then singled home Scott to tie the game at 2 before a Lonny Schoon (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) RBI groundout gave the Pack the lead.
Victor Soto (Jr., Whittier, Calif.), who earned the win for the Pack, then gave way to reliever Doug Finley (Jr. Bermuda, Dunes) with one out and a runner on second in the bottom of the sixth. However, Finley would get a pair of strikeouts on both sides of a hit batter to get out of the jam, preserving the lead.
In the seventh, Mascorro was hit by a pitch. He then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Hoyt, who went 2-for-4 in the game, tripled him home to extend the lead to 4-2.
After a walk, Evan Kenebrew (Sr., Colorado Springs, Calif.) then hit a sacrifice fly to plate Hoyt with the game's final run.
Meanwhile, Finley tallied two more strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh to earn his first save. He struck out four batters in 1 2/3 innings of work after Soto allowed just five hits while striking out five Orediggers in his 5 1/3-inning start.
In the earlier game, the Pack banged out 16 hits but allowed 19 as the Orediggers broke a 3-3 deadlock with three runs in the fourth. The ThunderWolves would get two of those back on a 2-run Mascorro single in the fifth but watched the Orediggers score four runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 10-5.
They then went ahead 13-5 with three more runs in the seventh before the ThunderWolves' matched the output with three in the top of the eighth to complete the scoring.
Hoyt, Mascorro and Dominick Bregar (So., Pueblo, Colo.) all had 3-hit games. In the process, Bregar extended his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games. Hoyt also had three RBIs in the game and five on the day. Bregar did not play in the second game.