|CEU's Greg Farnsworth jumps to avoid a wild ball sent to the plate by a CSI pitcher. He came down hard on his right leg.|
The College of Eastern Utah Golden Eagles baseball team continues to struggle as they dropped eight games over two weekends of play.
In their last home stand of the season, they hosted Southern Idaho for four games. If the fans came to see a lot of scoring, they were not disappointed.
Unfortunately the scoring was mostly done by the bats of Southern Idaho.
On April 21 the Eagles went down to defeat 1-11 and then followed it up with a 0-7 loss later in the day.
In the first game Cole Evans got knocked out of the game in the second inning after he gave up six runs.
In the second game, Jayson Madson gave up all seven runs in the five innings he pitched. He started out with two good scoreless innings before allowing three to cross the plate in the third.
Saturdays play was more of the same with Southern Idaho putting another 11 on the board in the first game. CEU did score seven runs off of seven hits to show a bit of fire power in the contest.
Jake Bankowski was the losing pitcher, giving up five runs in two innings of relief.
In the final game of the series, Southern Idaho wasn't through with their offensive explosion. They added another 12 points to their weekend scoring show. CEU again struggled to put any points across the plate and could only score three. They went down to another defeat by the score of 12-3.
Last weekend the Golden Eagles traveled to Western Nevada hoping to change their fortunes. Although the games were much closer, the end results were the same.
Game one was a 3-6 loss. Evans pitched six strong inning and gave up five runs. CEU exploded for three in the fifth, but that was the extent of their scoring.
The second game saw CEU jump out to an early lead. Madson rolled along pitching shut out ball until the bottom of the fifth when he gave up four runs. Mitch Ramsdell came on in relief and allowed two more to cross the plate. Nevada stole a close one with a 6-5 win.
The first game Saturday was another close affair. Western Nevada put one run across in the third. CEU again had a big fifth and scored three of their own. Nevada answered with one.
Pitcher Bryan Smith pitched six plus innings, but gave up two in the seventh to let another one slip away. The end result was 4-3 score in favor of Western Nevada.
In the final game, Western Nevada scored early and often to sweep the series with a 9-5 win.
CEU remains in 5th in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a10-26 record. They are just above 500 in their overall record.
The CEU team will wrap up regular season playing Northwestern Colorado in Rangely on May 5 and 6.