May 14, 2011 1:20 AM by Lee Douglas
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Friday night, everything seemed to be falling into place for the CSU-Pueblo baseball team.
In its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament game with tourney host Mesa State, it would be facing RMAC strikeout-leader, Nolan Snell, whom the Pack had beaten twice already this season. CSU-Pueblo was also the home team on the scoreboard, despite playing on the Mavericks' home field.
If that weren't enough, the public address announcer unwittingly played the Pack's signature song, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" during their pre-game introductions.
But all the omens in the world weren't enough to derail Snell, who was absolutely locked in all night long, striking out 13 ThunderWolves en route to a 6-2 Mesa State win.
With the loss, CSU-Pueblo is moved over to the other side of the bracket in the double-elimination tournament and will play New Mexico Highlands in an elimination game Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
With four teams remaining, CSU-Pueblo puts itself in a position that it would need four wins to claim the RMAC title. The early game Saturday features Nebraska-Kearney and Mesa State, each of which has not yet lost a game in the double-elimination tournament. The Pack would play back-to-back games if it can defeat New Mexico Highlands, drawing the loser of the Kearney/Mesa State game at 7 p.m.