PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com – Apr. 17, 2014) — Back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by Mike Wagner (Jr., Golden, Colo.), Evan Kenebrew (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and JJ Ortiz (Pueblo, Colo.) propelled the Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball team to a 4-run seventh inning and an eventual 7-4 Thursday night win over visiting Metro State University in the first of a 4-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series at Rawlings Field.
The win was the 20th of the season for the Pack, who improved to 13-6 at home, to 20-18 overall and to 16-11 in the RMAC.
The Roadrunners, who had taken a 4-3 lead with a Sean Reeves RBI single in the sixth, fell to 10-22 overall and to 8-19 in the loop.
Lonny Schoon (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) got the start on the bump for the ThunderWolves and went seven innings allowing just seven hits to improve to 5-1. Kolby Rimer (Jr., St. George, Utah) then pitched a scoreless eighth before Doug Finley (Jr., Bermuda Dunes, Calif.) picked up his second save as he struck out the side while allowing just one hit to the Roadrunners in the ninth.
Kenebrew had the biggest night for the Pack offensively as he went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a leadoff double in the fourth. He also had a RBI groundout in the fifth that tied the game at game at 3 after a wild pitch had brought the Pack within a run.
The quick-paced game, which lasted just over two hours, was scoreless through 2 ½ innings before Austin Mascorro (Oxnard, Calif.), the Pack's leading hitter at .406, drove a Nick Hammett pitch up the middle to plate Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) with two outs in the bottom of the third.
The Roadrunners would answer in the fourth with an unearned run driven in on a Darryl Baca sacrifice fly.
The Roadrunners then took the first of their two leads (3-1) on a Alex Walker 2-run homer to left in the fifth, the No. 9 hitter and left fielder's first of the season. However, the Pack's 2-run bottom of the fifth, started by a Domnick Bregar (So., Pueblo, Colo.) walk and a Scott Hoyt (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) single quickly erased the 'Runners advantage.
Reeves then put the Roadrunners back on top 4-3 with his 2-out single before Bregar extended his hitting streak to 24 consecutive games with a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh. Mascorro then reached on an error by Reaves at third before the barrage of three straight hits gave the ThunderWolves the cushion they would need.
The ThunderWolves had 10 hits on the day, including nine singles, and drew five walks against starter Nick Hammett and middle reliever Ryan Baca, who fell to 2-2 with the loss.
Wagner joined Kenebrew in the 2-hit club for the Pack offense.