May 4, 2014 10:00 AM by Posted by Greg Smith
ALAMOSA, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - May 3, 2014) - Led by 8-RBI days by both Mario Sanchez (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) and Scott Hoyt (Sr., Longmont, Colo.), the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves set new season-highs for runs and hits in a 23-10 first game win before falling 9-8 in nine innings in Game 2 to wrap up the regular season on Saturday here at Adams State University's Baseball Field.
The ThunderWolves, who took 3 out of 4 games in the weekend series, hit three homers in the first game slug-fest before taking an 8-5 lead in the fourth inning of Game 2, only to see the host Grizzlies battle back to end their season on a high note.
Counting the intermission, the doubleheader took well more than seven hours as the first 9-inning game went 3 hours and 40 minutes before the second, slated for seven innings, lasted 3 hours and 10 minutes.
The Pack, who got some help from Colorado Mesa, still hung on to the No. 3 seed in next week's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament which Colorado Mesa will host in Grand Junction, starting Thursday. CSU-Pueblo, which won last year's tournament there, finished the regular season with a 27-22 overall record and went 23-15 in RMAC play, one game better than No. 4 seed Colorado Mines, which split a Saturday doubleheader with Colorado Mesa in Golden to finish the year with a 22-16 league mark.
In the RMAC Tournament, the Pack will play New Mexico Highlands for the ninth time this year in the opening game at 3:30 p.m... The Pack went 3-5 against the Cowboys throughout the regular season, winning a come-from-behind 5-4 decision six days ago in Pueblo.
Colorado Mesa and Colorado Mines will then play once again at 7 p.m.
The Grizzlies finish the 2014 campaign 15-35 overall and 13-26 in the RMAC, well outside of a RMAC Tournament spot.
On Saturday, the ThunderWolves scored runs in bunches plating two runs in each of the first three innings building a 6-2 lead. However, the Grizzlies came back to tie it at 6 in the bottom of the third before a 7-run top of the fourth, featuring a 2-run Hoyt homer, put the Pack up 13-6.
Hoyt then hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth, another 7-run Pack outburst, as the ThunderWolves cruised to the win.
The Pack had 24 total hits in the game as Sanchez went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and five RBIs from the lead-off spot. Hoyt had six RBIs in the game while Mike Wagner (Jr., Golden, Colo.) went 2-for-4 with five RBIs.
Meanwhile, Lonny Schoon (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) picked up the win on the mound to improve to 6-2 on the year.
In the second game, the ThunderWolves scored four times in the top of the second as Sanchez hit a 3-run homer to give the Pack a 4-1 lead. The advantage would be short-lived as the Grizzlies answered back with a 4-run inning of their own in the bottom of the second.
However, CSU-Pueblo would come right back with another three runs in the top of the third to open a 7-5 lead before a Hoyt run-scoring single in the fourth put the Pack up 8-5.
The Grizzlies then scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 1-run game before an error allowed the Grizzlies to send the game to extra innings with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
After the ThunderWolves left a runner on base in the top of the eighth and again in the ninth, Adams State's Drew Wold led-off the bottom of the ninth to complete the comeback.
The ThunderWolves tallied 13 hits in the second game as Sanchez and Hoyt each went 3-for-5.
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