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Golden Eagles leave Rangely with series win

Josh Swenson sends up some heat in an earlier game against CNCC. This last weekend he pitched a one-hit shut out win over CNCC to help the Eagles take the series from the Spartans and win the overall match up with them with a 7-1 record.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Overall it was a good weekend for baseball for the College of Eastern Utah Golden Eagles. They went to Rangely, Colo. and took three of four games to win the series. On Friday the two teams played to identical 8-6 scores. On Saturday they traded blow-outs, with CNCC winning 12-2 and then CEU coming back to take the closer 12-1.

In the opener on Friday, Cameron Schmidt went six innings to get the win. The Spartans jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first. CEU had tied it up by the top of the third before CNCC went ahead by a pair again. But the Eagles put it away with a four spot in the sixth to take game one. Dusty Fackrell and Austin Smith went deep for CEU in the win.

In game two it was the Cardinals that again got the scoring going early. They were up 5-0 by the fourth. It was the seventh before the Eagles even got on the board with a single run. By then CNCC had scored six.

But the best was yet to come as CEU took advantage of things with a big five run, eighth inning to tie it up. Fackrell had four RBI's in the inning with a bases loaded dinger over the fence. The Eagles added a pair in the ninth to win it 8-6 for the second straight game. Nate Hardman got the win.

Saturday was a pitcher's nightmare for the Eagles as they blew through four on the mound trying to stem the scoring of the Cardinals. CNCC scored eight in the first two innings. Middle relief for the Eagles held them scoreless until the sixth when they had another four run inning to end the game. CEU only managed two runs in the sixth and left eight runners stranded in the loss.

What a difference an hour makes. When the Eagles took the field for the second game, it was the polar opposite of the first. CEU scored in every inning as Josh Swenson pitched a one hit, five inning, shut out of the Cardinals.

CEU is sitting in fifth place in the SWAC at 9-19 for conference play. They will be at home this weekend facing Salt Lake for a four game series. Games begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and Noon on Saturday.

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