PITTSBURG, Kan. Despite 23 strikeouts from their starting pitchers, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball took its first and second losses of the season in a doubleheader against Pittsburg State University. The Gorillas won game one 6-3 and escaped game two with a 2-1 victory.
Gilbert Sauceda (Sr., Indio, Calif.) produced three of the Pack's four runs on the day. He finished the day 3-for-4 with four walks. The first baseman slugged the Pack's only two extra base hits of the day with a pair of doubles. He had two RBIs and scored a run.
Thanks to his four-walk day, Sauceda continues his march towards the RMAC record in bases on balls. He needs only 16 walks to become the Pack's all-time leader in free passes.
Beau Brieske (Jr., Chandler, Ariz.) took the ball in game one. Briekse allowed just five hits and a walk in six innings of work. The righty struck out 12 batters, giving him 22 strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Despite this effort, Brieske surrendered three runs and took his first loss in a Pack uniform.
Josh Dahl (Sr., Glendale , Ariz.) fanned 11 Gorillas in game two. Dahl threw 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs on three hits and four walks. Like Brieske, Dahl found himself with a hard-luck loss, his first with the Pack.
The Gorillas got off to a good start with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. They added a run in both the third and the seventh.
CSU-Pueblo finally broke through in the eighth when Rion Santamaria (Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) knocked in Dakota Popham (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) Santamaria started the series 2-for-4 in game one, while Popham walked twice.
Pittsburg State answered with three of their own in the eighth. CSU-Pueblo did not go away quietly. Sauceda smacked a two-run double in the top of the ninth. JP Hopkins (R-Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.) and Zac Hanenberg (Fr., Cañon City, Colo.) scored as the Pack rallied within three. They could not close the gap any further as the Gorillas closed out a 6-3 win in game one.
All of the scoring in game two happened in the sixth inning. The Pack took the lead in the top half. Easton Adler (Jr., Mead, Colo.) whacked a single to drive in Sauceda as the Pack took its first lead of the day.
After five scoreless innings, the Gorillas got two runs off Dahl in the sixth. They would close out the Pack in the seventh inning of the shortened game with a 2-1 victory.
The Pack and the Gorillas will square off Sunday in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. (MTN).