The Golden Eagles had to face the second hottest team in the Scenic West Athletic Conference this past weekend and they pulled out a win as well as a pair of losses in the effort.
On Friday Southern Nevada showed its power with 9-5 and 15-4 victories over the Eagles. With rain threatening Saturday, CEU held SNCC scoreless for most of the game and walked away with a 4-1 win. Trying to squeeze in one last game, the Eagles were glad to see the rain as they were down 17-0 when the contest was halted after three.
CEU started out on a good note as they tied it in the first with a run on Friday's opening game.But then it was all Southern Nevada as they scored in every inning while shutting down the Eagle offense. CEU posted eight hits in the game, but struggled to move them across the plate. In the seventh the Eagles finally rallied with four, but it was too little too late to save the game. Eric Morgan went deep for the Eagles and Brad Brinkerhoff was charged with the loss off the mound.
In game two it took until the fifth before the Eagles could find a way to score. Southern Nevada didn't have the same trouble and had nine of their own by the fifth. CEU put up three in the sixth to give themselves a chance. Then they gave up six in the sixth to take themselves right back out of it. Josh Sturgis sent one over the fence for the Eagles. Josh Swenson was the losing pitcher of record.
On Saturday, Eagle pitcher Jesse Hartle did what the rest of the staff could not, and that was to hold the Southern Nevada team scoreless. The Eagles found a way to move two over in the first to take their first lead of the series. Hartle gave up a run in the fourth but the Eagles sent two more across in the top of the fifth to widen their lead. Cameron Schmidt came on in relief and got the save as the Eagles held on to win.
In the final game Southern Nevada poured on the runs before it started pouring. The game was called in the third and not an official game of record, but the Eagles were trailing 17-0 when the rains started.
This week CEU travels to Twin Falls, Idaho to finish SWAC action. They are only two games behind Salt Lake in the standings for fourth place.