COLORADO SPRINGS — Tyler Saladino tripled and scored on an error by Omaha second baseman Jack Lopez, breaking an eighth-inning tie and lifting Colorado Springs to a 3-2 win over the Storm Chasers on Saturday night.
The Chasers (58-66) led 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh when Richie Shaffer hit a two-run homer to left field.
Saladino came up with two outs and the bases empty and hit a pitch from reliever Richard Lovelady (3-2) to right field, with Lopez’s errant throw allowing him to score.
The Chasers had the tying run on second base with one out in the ninth, but Jacob Barnes (1-0) retired Elier Hernadez on a flyout and struck out Lopez to end the game.
The Chasers had gone ahead when former Creighton shortstop Nicky Lopez singled home Humberto Arteaga in the third. Jack Lopez added a run-scoring single in the seventh, bringing in Hernandez.
Chasers starter Zach Lovvorn retired 14 of the first 15 Sky Sox hitters and didn’t allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs and struck out three in seven innings.
Arteaga had a pair of doubles for Omaha.
The Chasers wrap up their series with the Sky Sox at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.