RIVERSIDE, Calif. (GoThunderWolves.com – Feb. 20, 2014) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball team ran into a hot pitcher as they picked up just one hit while falling 4-0 to the nation's 10th-ranked California Baptist University in the opening game of a 4-game set, Thursday night here at the Lancers' Totman Stadium.
CBU's Trevor Oaks, who has not given up an earned run in four starts, struck out eight ThunderWolves, allowing three walks and only a third inning hit to Pack centerfielder Chris Ramsey (Jr., Westminster, Colo.) as he improved to 3-0 on the season, which has seen CBU get off to an 11-0 start. He then gave way to Caleb Dirks, who struck out the side in the ninth.
Pack starter Mike Fabrizio (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) also had a solid start but fell to 0-1 after two no decisions in his earlier starts. On Thursday, he allowed eight hits and four walks while striking out six in seven innings of work. Reliever Joshua King (Jr., Apple Valley, Calif.) then retired the Lancers in order in the eighth.
Offensively, the Lancers did what they needed to in the first inning, which saw them belt out four hits. Included in the bunch was a 2-run Nathan Antoun triple followed by an RBI single from Stephen Lohr.
The Lancers also added a run in the seventh thanks to a Zack Norris double, an infield bunt single and a sacrifice fly.
CSU-Pueblo's biggest threat was in the third inning when Ramsey singled to begin the inning before Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) walked. However, Oaks retired the next three hitters to get out of the jam.
The Pack, now 4-3 overall, will try to bounce back Friday when the teams meet in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. (PST). The fourth game of the series is slated for noon (PST) on Saturday.