This archived article was written by: Colby Tidwell
Utah State University club baseball team came to Price to face off in a double-header against USU Eastern Sept. 23. Eastern took both games from the parent college in Logan, but it wasn’t a walk in the park.
In the first game, Eastern jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, courtesy of a home run by shortstop Chance Abrath. Eastern led 4-0 for the majority of the game until the Aggies capitalized with four runs on defensive miscues by the Golden Eagles. Eastern came into the final inning deadlocked at four with Utah State.
The inning got started with a triple from Chance Abrath, and the next batter Mason Moore was intentionally walked, to set up a double play situation for Utah State’s defense. Eastern outfielder, Alex Church, then executed a safety squeeze bunt to allow the game-winning run to score. Eastern took the game 6-5. The Eagles’ offense benefitted from Denver Hansen, who reached base in every plate appearance as well as Matt Gochis, who swiped three bases in the victory.
In the final game the Golden Eagles offense went silent. Fortunately, for Coach Scott Madsen, his pitching staff came out soaring. Pitchers Mason Moore, Tory Ulibarri and Kort Christoffersen threw a combined no-hit shutout against the Aggies.
The bats were kept off balance with a heavy dose of off-speed pitches from the opposing pitching staff. Eastern’s offense was limited to three hits in the game. Two of those hits came in the final inning.
Kody Christoffersen singled to lead off the inning and on the first pitch from USU, the ball was hammered off the wall by Alex Church which enabled Christoffersen to score.
Eastern came out with a 1-0 win even as the offense went silent. Madsen stated, “It was great to see our pitchers step up in that situation.”
The Eagles are back in action the weekend of Oct. 7-8, when they play host to a Utah scout team on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. and a double-header on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. Admission is free.