PUEBLO, Colo. - Yesterday, Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves' head coach Stan Sanchez reached a milestone that has never been done before by any coach in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Today, he improved on that milestone.
The ThunderWolves defeated the Colorado Christian University Cougars 10-3 behind a strong pitching effort by Lonny Schoon (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), taking 3-out-of-4 in the series versus the Cougars, while also giving Sanchez his 701st career win.
With the victory, the ThunderWolves went above the .500 mark, sitting at 15-14 (11-7 RMAC), and moved into sole possession of first place in the Plains Division by a half-game, after Colorado School of Mines defeated New Mexico Highlands 11-3 on Sunday, completing a 3-1 series win over the Cowboys, who are now 11-8 in RMAC play.
Schoon began the game retiring six of the first seven batters he faced, and gave up only two earned runs on nine hits while striking out five and throwing 106 pitches over eighth innings.
Dominick Bregar (So., Pueblo, Colo.) improved his hitting streak to 18 games following a two out bunt single in the fifth inning. Bregar finished the day hitting 2-for-5, with a double and one RBI.
Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tuscon Ariz.), who hit for the cycle one week ago, finished the game on Sunday 3-for-5, with three runs scored and four RBI's, while finishing a home run shy of his second cycle in consecutive weeks.
The ThunderWolves would take a 4-1 lead during a 4-run fifth inning, in which each run was scored with two outs, highlighted by a bases loaded 3-RBI triple by Mike Wagner (Jr., Golden, Colo.). Wagner would finish the game 2-for-5, with a triple and 3 RBIs.
The Pack scored four more runs in the next inning, all coming again with two outs to take an 8-1 lead. Following an RBI single by J.J. Ortiz (So., Pueblo, Colo.), Sanchez hit a 2-run double before moving to third on the throw home. He then scored on a wild pitch during the next at bat.
The ThunderWovles would add two insurance runs in the eighth, after giving up two runs in the top of the inning, thanks to an RBI triple by Sanchez and a run-scoring double by Bregar in consecutive at bats.
In taking 3-of-4 from the Cougars, the ThunderWolves are now 31-2 all time against the the Lakewood-based squad.
Next up, the ThunderWolves will take on RMAC Mountain Division leading Colorado Mesa (21-7, 15-3 RMAC), the top ranked team in the conference , in a 4-game series at Rawlings Field, starting Friday (Apr. 4) at 6 p.m.