Pack beats Roadrunners behind Brieske & bombs

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DENVER, Colo. (March 2, 2019) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a 3-2 win over Metro State University Denver Friday at the Regency Athletic Complex.

Beau Briekse (Jr., Chandler, Ariz.) shutdown the Roadrunners offense. He allowed just one unearned run in eight innings. Brieske struck out 10 Roadrunners. The righty surrendered just three hits and four walks. Brieske earned the win to even his record at 2-2. His eight-inning showing was the longest of his Pack career. The RMAC's strikeouts leader now has 51 punchouts on the year.

Gilbert Sauceda (Sr., Indio, Calif.) provided a surge to the Pack offense. Sauceda slugged his first home run of the season. He scored two of the Pack's three runs. Sauceda finished 2-for-4.

Dakota Popham (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) crushed his third home run of the season. Popham's two-run dinger drove in Sauceda and gave the Pack the lead it would never give up.

Kodee Martin (Jr., Platte County, Mo.) had the Pack's only other hit of the day. They were outhit 5-4 by the end of the game.

The Pack fell behind in the first inning. A double followed by a defensive miscue allowed the Roadrunners to take a 1-0 edge.

Brieske would shutout the Roadrunners for the next seven innings. He stranded four runners in scoring position.

Popham blasted his two-run shot in the fourth inning to put the Pack in front 2-1. Sauceda smashed his first home run of the year in the sixth to make it 3-1.

After Brieske, exited, Andrew Coverly (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) entered in the ninth to close the door, However, the Roadrunners would not go down without a fight. The first batter he faced launched a home run that cut the Pack's lead to one.

The following batter reached base as well. Coverly retired the next two batters he faced, but a two-out hit batsmen put the go-ahead run aboard. A passed ball followed putting two runners in scoring position. However, Coverly got a ground out to Martin to thwart the MSU Denver rally. He earned his second save of the season.

CSU-Pueblo now sits 6-7 overall. The Roadrunners fell to 6-6. These two teams will continue their series Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.