DENVER (GoThunderWolves.com – Mar. 21, 2014) — A pair of 3-run innings in the first game and a 4-hit shutout by Jesse Bristow (Jr., Heber, Utah) in the second lifted the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves to a doubleheader sweep of the Regis University Rangers in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action on Friday afternoon at the Regis Baseball Field.
The Pack, who improved to 12-10 overall and to 8-4 in RMAC play with the 6-4 and 3-0 wins, banged out 11 hits in the first game as Mike Fabrizio (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) pitched six innings of 5-hit, 1-run ball to earn his fourth win of the season over the Rangers, now 8-11 (5-7 RMAC). Bristow, who also improved to 4-1 with his first shutout with the Pack, then allowed just four hits in the 7-inning second game, which saw him strike out six Rangers.
In the first game, the Pack jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as they racked up five hits against Ranger starter Kirby Schwein, now 2-3 on the year, in the first inning alone. Mike Wagner (Jr., Golden, Colo.), Eddie Williams (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) and Lonny Schoon (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) all hit RBI singles in the inning as leadoff man Austin Mascorro (Jr., Oxnard, Calif.) had the first of his three hits in the game.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio, who recorded five strikeouts, was in total control as he held the Rangers hit-less until the fourth while taking advantage of a pair of double plays in the opening two innings.
The Pack then added to the lead in the fifth as Shane Richins (Jr., Heber, Utah) and Mascorro both singled to right, setting up Scott Hoyt (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) for an RBI ground out, followed by a Schwein wild pitch that plated Mascorro. Wagner then doubled in Evan Kenebrew (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who had singled, to make the score 6-0.
The Rangers would get one run back in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI fielder's choice before they finally touched ThunderWolf reliever Dillon Given (Sr., Salinas, Calif.) for three runs in the bottom of the ninth. However, Mike Potter, who had doubled in two of those runs, was gunned down at third base to end the game.
In the second game, the ThunderWolves again took an early lead as Richins tripled with one out in the top of the third before scoring on a Mascorro ground out. Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) then reached on a Ranger error before Hoyt doubled him home extending the lead to 2-0.
The ThunderWolves would tack on another run in the top of the fourth as Schoon walked before scoring thanks to a pair of bunts and another Ranger throwing error.
Meanwhile, Bristow got through a jam in the bottom of the fourth while retiring 10 of the final 11 Ranger batters he faced.
Offensively, Richins led the Pack going 4-for-6 throughout the doubleheader from the No. 9 hole. He played at second base while Mascorro, who went 3-for-4 in the first game, made the move to short shop, defensively.
Due to poor weather forecasts for Saturday, the teams will resume their series on Sunday with another doubleheader, slated to begin at noon.