Hopkins’ 6-RBI day vaults Pack past Adams State

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ALAMOSA, Colo. JP Hopkins hit two home runs to lead Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball to a 13-5 win over Adams State University Saturday at the ASU Baseball Field.

Hopkins (R-Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.) collected four hits including his two home runs and a double. He drove in a career-high six runs. Hopkins now has three homers on the season all of which came against the Grizzlies. He scored three runs in the win.

Rion Santamaria (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) clubbed his third dinger of the season. Santamaria smacked three hits in five trips. He scored three runs and walked.

Dakota Popham (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) belted his third home run of the series. Popham drove in two runs. The Pack's third baseman drove in 10 runs and scored eight runs in the series.

Aidan Welch (So., Seattle, Wash.) scored two runs. He finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Connor Hughes (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) swatted two hits in three trips. Hughes scored a run and added a RBI.

Gunner Pickett (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) threw five innings of relief. Pickett allowed just one run. He struck out six batters, while only allowing six base runners.

Gilbert Sauceda (Sr., Indio, Calif.) had two hits in five trips. Sauceda scored a run.

The Pack took charge early with six runs in the second. Hopkins hit a two-run single that put the Pack on the board in the second. Ten batters came to the plate for the ThunderWolves.

The Grizzlies bounced back with two runs in the third. They tacked on two more in the fourth to close within two. Hopkins whacked a double to bring in Welch and Santamaria in the fifth to put the Pack up four.

In the top of the sixth, Popham mashed a two-run home run. Santamaria followed with a dinger of his own. The back-to-back home runs made it 11-4.

Hopkins hammered a solo home run in both the seventh and the ninth. These two bombs allowed the Pack to roll to a 13-5 win.

Following a 3-1 series win over the Grizzlies, the Pack's record sits at 20-21. They are 15-13 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Adams State fell to 8-34 (8-23 RMAC).

The Pack will continue its eight-game road trip next weekend when they visit New Mexico Highlands University. First pitch in this series between the ThunderWolves and Cowboys starts Friday April 26 at 3 p.m.