DENVER — A tremendous multiple-headed offensive effort, including a cycle for third baseman Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.), in the first game went for naught before the Colorado State University-Pueblo bats went quite in the second as the ThunderWolves were swept in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader at Regis University on Sunday afternoon.
The ThunderWolves (12-12, 8-6 RMAC) banged out a season-high 21 hits and scored 17 runs in the first game but lost 14-4 and 17-15 leads as the Rangers (10-11, 7-7 RMAC) scored 14 runs in the last five innings to claim an 18-17 win before coming out quickly en-route to a 10-2 second game win.
In the first game, starting pitcher Lonny Schoon (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), went 5-for-5 with six RBI and four extra-base hits while Austin Mascorro (Jr., Oxnard, Calif.), Sanchez and Mike Wagner (Jr., Golden, Colo.) all tallied four hits. Sanchez also had six RBI as he hit a single, a double, a triple and a home run, his first of the season, while scoring three runs.
The ThunderWolves, who had swept Friday doubleheader against the Rangers, scored eight runs in the first three innings alone to lead 8-1 before the Rangers clawed back to within 8-4 with a 3-run third.
The ThunderWolves added a run in the fourth on a Schoon double and then put up five in the top of the fifth as Sanchez hit a 3-run jack to build the lead to 14-4. However, the ThunderWolves came roaring back to score five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
They then scored six combined runs in the next three innings to take a 15-14 lead.
The ThunderWolves would not go away as Wagner tripled to begin the top of the ninth before scoring on a Schoon game-tying double. The ThunderWolves then went ahead 16-15 on a Ranger error before Sanchez completed his cycle with an RBI single that made the score 17-15.
However, a RBI double by Logan Knox and a Tony Schicktanz RBI single tied the game at 17. After getting the second out, the Pack intentionally walked Ty Overboe before John Mulhem singled home Schicktanz from second with a game-winning hit, the 23rd of the game for the Rangers in the 3-hour and 46-minute marathon that saw seven ThunderWolf pitchers see time on the mound.
Schoon, who went five innings on the mound, hit a triple and three doubles from the plate.
In the second game, the ThunderWolves were held to six hits and committed six errors.
The Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the first before an Eddie Williams (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) single in the top of the second tied the game at 2.
However, the Rangers scored two more in the bottom of the second and held the ThunderWolves scoreless the rest of the way in the 7-inning affair. Wagner and Scott Hoyt (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) each hit doubles in that game.
The ThunderWolves will now play a neutral-field non-conference game against RMAC-leading Colorado Mesa (16-5, 11-3 RMAC) at Metro State's Auraria Field on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. before returning home to Rawlings Field to start an 8-game home-stand, which begins with a Friday night (6 p.m.) battle with Colorado Christian, currently 5-16 overall and 4-10 in the RMAC.