CEU ends another baseball season
In another rain shortened series, the College of Eastern Utah baseball team dropped a pair of games to Southern Idaho on May 1 to wrap up their regular season. Then they headed out to Carson City, Nev. to play their post season tournament on May 8-9.
They had to face the Salt Lake Community College Bruins first up and edged them out with a 4-3 win. Then it was top ranked Western Nevada and they lost 12-3. So it was back to face SLCC again and this time it was the Bruins that came out on top in another one run, 10 inning affair by the score of 8-7.
In both of the final regular season games in Idaho, CSI took the lead first. In game one they scored a run in the first. The Eagles took the lead in the fourth with two but it didn't last any longer than the bottom half of the inning when CSI came back and tied it. The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when CSI pushed one more across for the win.
The second game remained scoreless until CSI put up a four spot in the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles answered with three in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh to send it to extra innings. However the home team prevailed as they left nothing to chance with six in the eighth inning to down the Eagles.
CEU had played the Bruins well during regular play and they were ready to take them on again in the tournament when it began. Brennan Hallows was on the mound. Each pitcher gave up a run in the first inning but then it remained scoreless until the Bruins posted one in the fourth. The Eagles answered in the fifth with three runs. SLCC pushed one more across in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough and they headed to the loser bracket, while CEU advanced to the winners playoff series. Hallows got the win and Cameron Schmidt got the save. Justin Williams went deep for the Eagles during the game.
The Eagles took on Western Nevada next. It was tied at three until the Wildcats went on a three inning scoring drive. They posted two in the third, five in the fourth and a pair in the fifth. CEU was at the mercy of a much better team and dropped game two in big fashion.
But looking at a shot of redemption, they had a rematch with SLCC. But the Bruins were looking for revenge too. This time SLCC drew first blood as they scored in the first inning. They went up 2-0 in the fourth, but again the Eagles posted a three spot in their half of the inning and took the lead. SLCC tied it in the sixth and CEU took it back in the seventh. The Bruins went up by three in the eighth inning.
The Eagles scored one during that inning and a pair in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. But they had no answer to the 10th inning run the Bruins pushed across home plate and for the CEU nine the season then ended.
Four Eagles garnered post season honors. Eric Morgan was named first team designated hitter.
Brett Nigbur was second team catcher and second team first baseman was CEU's Dusty Fackrell. Chad Himmer was awarded the second team shortstop spot.
In the end the Eagles had a much better season than last year with a 13-25 conference record.
They also put together an impressive six game winning streak during conference play.