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Apr 24, 2014 11:00 AM by Jordan Mason

Pack the Park Game, Youth clinic set for Friday

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Apr. 23, 2014) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball team will attempt to break the NCAA Division II single-game attendance record Friday evening when the Pack host New Mexico Highlands University in the program's annual Pack the Park Game at Runyon Field.

The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and admission is free for all fans, courtesy of Art & Lorraine Gonzales. There will be prize giveaways every half-inning throughout the night and the list of prizes includes iPads, headphones, cameras, speakers, DVD players, HDTV's and more.

The current attendance record is 4,122, set by Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado Mesa in 2012.

Prior to the game at 5 p.m., the CSU-Pueblo baseball and softball teams will put on the 10th annual Art & Lorraine Gonzales Baseball and Softball Clinic. The clinic, which is free to all participants, gives youth from kindergarten through 8th grade a chance to learn baseball and softball skills from the ThunderWolf players and coaches. In addition to the skills they will learn or enhance, all participants will also receive a free t-shirt, free hot dog, chips and a drink and are encouraged to stay to watch the Pack that evening.

Because the clinic registration deadline of Apr. 18 has already passed, walk-up participants will be allowed to participate in the clinic but are not guaranteed of a t-shirt or meal as the shirts and food have already been ordered.

In addition to the clinic, the Pack's 11 seniors will be recognized for their contributions to the program and the 2013 RMAC Plains Division and Tournament Championship squad will be honored and presented with commemorative plaques.

Additionally, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center will have interactive educational information on stroke prevention throughout the evening.

Friday's game is the first of a 4-game weekend set between the top two teams in the RMAC's Plains Division and will have a major impact on which team is going to win the division title. CSU-Pueblo enters the weekend after sweeping Metro State last week and has won six of its last seven, while moving to 23-18 overall and to 19-11 in RMAC play. New Mexico Highlands, which has won 11 of its last 12, is 25-16 overall and 22-9 in RMAC play, good for a 2 ½-game lead on the Pack.



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