Los Angeles Angels' Hideki Matsui (55) of Japan during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
DENVER (GoThunderWolves.com – Mar. 25, 2014) — A 5-run second inning by the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks was too much to overcome as the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves dropped a 7-2 decision, Tuesday afternoon here at Metro State University's Auraria Field. The neutral-site game was a late addition to both team's schedules and does not count in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.
CSU-Pueblo, now 12-13 overall, fell for the third straight outing as they were held to six hits, three of which came in the top of the third when the Pack scored their two runs.
However, the nationally-ranked Mavericks, now 17-6 overall, had done the damage in the prior inning as they scored on 2-run hits by Tony Audino and Colton Schoelkopf, which chased CSU-Pueblo starter Kyle Clemens (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) from the game.
Ricky Casler (Jr., Vail, Ariz.) then came in and balked home the Mavericks' fifth run before he settled down to go six solid innings in long relief, allowing just five hits and two eighth-inning insurance runs while striking out three.
Offensively, the Pack were led by Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.), who went 2-for-4 from the lead-off spot. He and Dominick Bregar (So., Pueblo, Colo.), who extended his hitting streak to 14 games, had RBI's in the second inning.
The ThunderWolves now return home to Rawlings Field and will begin an 8-game home-stand with a 4-game weekend series against Colorado Christian. Friday's series opener is at 6 p.m. The Mavericks will then come to Pueblo for a 4-game set from Apr. 4-6.