Pueblo, Colo.: Three-time First Team All-RMAC selection senior Charlie Henderson did not want his senior season to end yet and it showed in leading the Rangers to a 3-0 victory over CSU-Pueblo in the opening game of the RMAC Baseball Tournament.
Henderson, who has had CSU-Pueblo's number recently went the distance for his sixth win of the season. Just like his teammate Aaron Harms did last week, Henderson gave up just two hits in the complete game shutout. A two-hit shutout had not occured for a Ranger since the 1999 season but has happened twice in a five-day span.
Henderson struck out 15 CSU-Pueblo (28-23) batters, his second hightest total of his career. In fact over the last three games against CSU-Pueblo he has a 0.67 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just two earned runs, while allowing 11 hits and walking just four.
Regis (29-21) had trouble getting to Thunderwolf starter Mike Fabrizio but in the sixth inning Nick Billinger started off the inning with a double to left center. Alex Haag then sacrificed Billinger over, while the next batter, Tony Piazza, hit a fly ball to centerfield to push Billinger across for the first run of the game.
The Rangers scored two more insurance runs in the eighth inning with Piazza driving in another run and Bob Terry knocking in the other. The inning could have been more productive for Regis but Piazza was gunned down at home on Terry's single and Steven Brault was caught stealing at home.
Billinger and Piazza each collected two hits with Billinger scoring two runs.
The Rangers advance and play New Mexico Highlands at Rawlings Field on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.