|Starting catcher Josh Ray belts a hit during Saturday's game against Southern Nevada.|
Finishing off conference play against third place Western Nevada, the Eagles stepped up their game a bit and split the four game series. Coming off a huge 16-0 non-conference win against Weber State on April 25 th Eagles took game one by the score of 6-2 against WNCC. WNCC grabbed the middle two by the scores of 7-3 and 3-2 before the Eagles got back to their winning ways with a 8-3 victory.
Departing from the conference schedule on April 25th, the Eagles demolished the Aggies in a 16-0 shutout win. The game went nine innings despite the lopsided score and five CEU pitchers got a piece of the win. Jordon Salmon put in three innings to post the win. The Eagles pounded out 16 rums on 14 hits and played error free ball.
Riding high of the heels of the blow out win, the Eagles got back on the horse against WNCC on Friday afternoon. They fell behind in the third as WNCC put up a run, but tied it up in the fifth with one of their own. They took control in the sixth with five and only allowed WNCC to score one in the seventh. Jake Bankoski went six for the win.
WNCC busted out in the second game to go up by six before the end of the third. CEU answered with one in the third. They tried to come back in the seventh but could only push two across before the game ended with a loss. Starter Cole Evans only lasted one inning before being chased off the mound. Garrett Rose didn't fare much better and the Eagles used two more pitchers before the game was through.
On Saturday it was the third inning before WNCC drew first blood with a two spot. They added one in the fourth before CEU put up two of their own. The Eagles played some good defense included a diving catch in right field that was initially ruled a trap. After a huddle the call was overturned and the Eagles got out of the inning with a double play. But lack of offense doomed the team to another loss as they failed to score in the final two innings.
Knowing that this was their last regular season shout at a win, the Eagles jumped out to an early lead in their final game. They were up by six before WNCC scored one in the sixth. They added two more in the sixth. CEU took back a five point lead with two of their own and went on to win their final game. Seth Spainhower chalked up the win for the home team.
Thursday May 2 will have CEU facing off in Henderson Nev. for the SWAC tournament. The winner will play number one seed Southern Nevada at 6 p.m. It is a double elimination bracket with those three teams facing each other at least twice. The winner of that bracket will play a three game series on the higher seeded teams home field.