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Rams sweep Colorado State Pueblo to make record 14-3

Baseball: Rams continue to improve

By Stephen Cogan
On February 29, 2012

  • Senior Toby Semler Saturday smacks a ball against Colorado Pueblo State. Semler has 14 RBIs on the season. Photo by Pam Belcher

The Rams haven't stopped winning as they swept Colorado State Pueblo in the schools' first meeting.

The Rams won all four games, outscoring their opponents 34-7 throughout the series and it isn't surprising them at all.

"I'm not surprised," senior catcher Nate Alter said. "All the guys on the team are doing really well, and we expected this. It's just the way we practice all week, all fall, spring even. We just expect a lot out of each other."

The series started off with a 9-0 win that featured two different home-runs; the regular hit over-the-fence home run by freshman Brett David and the rare inside-the-park home run by junior outfielder Lee Neumann.

Neumann bashed the ball into deep center field over the defender's head and had enough speed to come around third base to home, while scoring three runs in the process.

"It was good," head coach Kevin Brooks said in his reaction to the play.

The game was a pitcher's duel with neither team scoring any runs until the bottom of the fourth, when senior Doug Snover got a single.

"The confidence is just continuing to rise," Snover said. "We don't want it to get too big. I think as we get better and better our confidence is rising."

The NCAA Division II Baseball Poll ranked the Rams 24th in the nation last week, but the team doesn't put too much stock in it.

"We all knew about it," Snover said after the first game. "We appreciate the ranking, but we don't look too much into it. We know we're a good baseball team. To be honest, where we're ranked isn't where we want to be ranked. We're just going to continue to work, try to get better and wherever they rank us is fine."

Snover said he was unsatisfied with himself, though, because he wasn't hitting the way he wanted to, despite the two RBIs, and was intent on improving on all dimensions of his game.

Two days later in the final game of the series, Snover hit a solo shot over the left field wall for his first home run of the season and the fifth home run for the Rams over the series.

"Everyone's really excited about everybody," Alter said. "Every guy from the bench can give us the chance to win the game."

The team hasn't played any of their Lone Star Conference opponents yet, but they are dominating so far this season against nonconference opponents.

"Can't argue with a four-game sweep," Neumann said.

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