Eastern's Craig Brinkerhoff takes off for first after smashing the ball into left center in a game against CNCC. Brinkerhoff is one of the Eagles having a good year on offense including the three-run homer against SLCC on Friday to lift the team to its first win in last weeks series.
The nationally ranked Salt Lake Bruins probably rolled into town looking for a sweep of the USU Eastern Eagles. Eastern, fresh off a sweep of Colorado Northwestern Community College, was more than ready to deny that goal. Over a cold and blustry weekend the Eagles gave the Bruins everything they could handle and more and sent Salt Lake Community College away with a 2-2 split in the series.
Game one on Friday was all Bruins in a 12-2 loss for EU, but game two was a barn burner and it was the Eagles who took it 9-7. On Saturday in another high scoring game SLCC took it 11-9 before Eastern evened the series with a 5-4 victory to end the day.
In the series opener, the Eagles could not find any offense. Their only score was a two run homer in the fourth by Mitch Cowden. Colter Moore took the loss with four innings on the mound.
The Eagle bats woke up in game two as they pounded out a series of hits and showed patience to draw some walks in a four run second inning. SLCC came back with three in the fourth and fifth to take the lead. Eastern scored four more in the seventh, including a three run homer by Craig Brinkerhoff to take the lead for good.
Both teams went through four pitchers and left seven on base and had 11 hits, but the Eagles made the most of things and scored the most runs for the win.Nujo Kraja started, Kort Christoffersen came on and got the win, Kody Christoffersen got the save.
On Saturday both offenses were still rolling as the two teams combined for 25 hits. The Bruins came out on top 11-9 in this one. Eastern went into the seventh down four and Mason Hollingsworth pulled the Eagles within two with a two run shot over the fence, but it wasn't enough. Anthony Gustin took the loss for Eastern off the mound.
As the series wrapped up, the Bruins took a one run lead in the opening frame of the game. They added one in the third before the Eagles put one of their own up in the bottom of the inning. SLCC tacked on another in the fourth, but this time Eastern took the lead with some solid hitting as they pushed four runs over. The Bruins could only answer with one final run in the fifth and that was how the scoring ended. It was the only game of the series with no home runs from either team. Jordan Hepworth took the win for the Eagles.
Eastern wraps up their regular season with a final four-game home stand against Western Nevada this weekend with games starting at 1 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.