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CEU baseball woes continue, losing streak reaches eight

CEU catcher Beau Bufton waits for a throw too late as Salt Lake scores a run. The Bruins ran all over the Eagles in their homestand. CEU managed some better play against third ranked Southern Nevada in Henderson the following weekend, but still lost all four games.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

One home stand, one road trip, eight games, no wins. Lately it has been a struggle for the Carbon County baseball squad to put a W on the board. Their has been some close games, some heart breakers and some real blow-outs, but not a single win.

At home against Salt Lake the team lost 11-1, 16-5, 8-7 and 16-2. Then over in Henderson, Nev. against College of Southern Nevada they dropped another four,5-3, 8-1, 5-0 and 7-1. The Eagles now sit at 9-27 in conference action and 15-34 overall.

In game one of the home stand on April 23, CEU kept game one close, only trailing 2-0 until the fifth. Then the Bruins of Salt Lake took it to them, scoring nine more and handing Cameron Schmidt the loss off the mound. In game two it was CEU who grabbed a 5-0 lead with a five run inning. But that was it for scoring and SLCC exploded for 16 before it was done.

Saturday CEU again had a big second inning with six crossing the plate. The Bruins crept back in and at the top of the seventh it was tied at seven. Salt lake put together a series of base hits to drive the winning run over and CEU could not score in the bottom half of the frame and the game went to the Bruins. The loss on the mound went to Nate Hardman.

In the final match of the series it was all Bruins. CEU did keep it close for a while and it was 3-1 going into the fifth, but then all hell broke loose and SLCC broke it open with a seven-run fifth inning. Then they tacked on six more in the seventh just for fun. Jacob Zumbrunnen was tagged with the loss.

CSN is currently ranked fourth in the nation for junior college ball and CEU played them very well despite losing all four. It was a three-run fifth for CSN that got them the win. Niether team had done much scoring before that. Brett Barrett was given the loss for the Eagles. In game two, Nevada took a four-run lead in the second inning and didn't look back. CEU scored their only run of the game in the first inning and could not drive any thing else across. It was another loss for Hardman.

On Saturday, the Eagle bats were again cold and they were not able to score at all in the 5-0 shut out. This time it was Josh Swenson that had to accept the loss for the Eagles. Wrapping it up, the pitching of CSN continues to keep the CEU bats quiet as they allowed only one run in the second inning form the Eagles. There were no big offensive outbursts for Nevada, but in the end they pushed seven over to sweep the series.

CEU was much happier with their play against the powerhouse team from Nevada. CEU will finish off their regular season with a home stand this weekend against Southern Idaho with a four game set. Friday will begin at 1:00 and on Saturday the first pitch should be around 12:00.

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