|The College of Eastern Utah's shortstop makes a play in the hole during an earlier game vs. CNCC.|
Hoping to pick up a little ground in the SWAC, CEU headed east to take on CCNW four four. Trading blows, each team garnered two wins in the series. CEU lost the first 5-1 and came back to win 4-0 in the second. Saturday saw them crush their opponent 10-1 before losing the final game 5-1.
Marcus Hamatake allowed CCNW to score in each of the first three innings. CEU scored in the first but left eight stranded throughout the game.
The highlight of the series came in game two. Pitcher Jayson Madson not only shut out CCNW, but pitched a no-hitter. Two walked and an error that allowed another base runner were all that stood between him and a perfect game. The Eagles strung together four runs on eight hits to help the cause.
Game three was Cole Evans chance to take the mound. He held CCNW scoreless until the fourth. The Eagles were holding onto a one run lead at the time. They tacked on two in the fifth to open up a margin and then in the sixth the bats began to thunder. By the end of the inning they had added six to open up an insurmountable lead and the win. It didn't hurt that during the game CCNW pitchers thumped four different CEU batters.
The final game began as a pitchers duel. Jake Bankowski was able to hold CCNW scoreless until the fourth. He allowed two to score. CEU came back with one of their own in the sixth. CCNW scored three to ice the victory in the bottom of the sixth and the Eagles had no answer in the seventh. Bankowski pitched a complete game despite the loss.
The team will now head north to take on SLCC. They were scheduled to play at home this weekend, but they traded home stands with SLCC and played them at home earlier in the season. It will now be April 20 and 21st before they will play in front of a home town crowd.