Pack Baseball fights to a 15-7 win over Adams State

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PUEBLO, Colo. Down 4-0 after four innings, the Colorado State University- Pueblo Baseball offense woke up to lead the Pack to a 15-7 win over Adams State University Saturday at Rawlings Field.

Eight different ThunderWolves picked up an RBI. The Pack now has 40 runs in two games to start the season.

Rion Santamaria (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) collected three hits in four trips and walked once. He scored three runs and drove in one more. Santamaria also slugged a triple.

Aidan Welch (So., Seattle, Wash.) picked up two RBIs for the second consecutive game. Welch finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Adrian Martinez (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) delivered two hits in five plate appearances. He scored twice and drove in two more. Martinez is hitting .555 with five runs and four RBIs in two games.

Gilbert Sauceda (Sr., Indio, Calif.) drew two more walks. He now needs 40 walks to become the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's all-time leader. The Pack's first basemen went 1-for-3 with a RBI-double and a run scored.

Rocco Arguto (So., Pueblo, Colo.) picked up the win for the Pack. Arguto tossed 1.2 innings of relief. He gave up one unearned run and just two hits. The righty struck out three.

Logan Gibbons (Jr., Taylorsville, Utah) crushed his first home run with the Pack. Gibbons two-run shot came in his only at-bat.

Making his first start, Stone Romero (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Robbie Espinosa (Sr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) had two RBIs off the bench.

Unlike the first game of the series, where they scored 12 runs in the first inning, the Pack started slowly. The Grizzlies held the Pack without a baserunner until the third. Adams State got one run in each of the first two frames and scored two in the third to make it 4-0.

The ThunderWolves got on the board in the fourth. Romero drove in both Santamaria and Welch to cut the Grizzlies lead in half.

In the fifth inning, the Grizzlies added one more run to make it 5-2. This would be the final inning for Pack starter Josh Dahl (Sr., Glendale, Ariz.) who struck out six in five innings.

The Pack answered with a run of their own in the fifth. Sauceda drove in Connor Hughes (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) with a double to make it 5-3.

CSU-Pueblo took over in the sixth inning. The ThunderWolves scored seven runs and sent 12 batters to the plate. Espinosa drove in Romero and Welch with a double. A Martinez triple brought in Sauceda as the Pack staked themselves to a 10-5 lead.

The Grizzlies fought back with runs in the seventh and the eighth that closed it to a 10-7 lead. The ThunderWolves erupted with five more runs in the eighth. Gibbons knocked his first home run of the season that brought in Jesse Holguin (Fr., Austin, Texas) to make it 15-7. Holguin finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk, and a RBI.

Andrew Coverly (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) shut the door on the Grizzlies in the ninth. He earned his first save with CSU-Pueblo after working out of a jam in the eighth.

The Pack is now 2-0 for the first time since 2011. They will look to complete the sweep of the Grizzlies Sunday at 12 p.m. at Rawlings Field. Admission for this game will be free for all fans.