This archived article was written by: Ryan Nelson
Eastern baseball was back in action the past two weekends with games against Colorado Northwestern as well as Salt Lake. The first four games were against CNCC in Rangely, Colo. Eastern pulled away from this weekend winning two out of the four games played. The following weekend they were up against Salt Lake in Taylorsville. Unfortunately, Eastern lost all four games against SLCC.
Game one was a victory for the Eagles, as they won 8-6. The team did well at the plate with 11 hits on the day, scoring eight runs. Matt Gochis hit two runners in with a homer in the top of the sixth inning. The Eagles had a lot of solid hits in this game to give them the win over CNCC. What helped out as well was the fact that Eastern only had one error on the day while CNCC had five. In game two, Colorado brought the series to 1-1 with a win over Eastern 10-14. There were a lot of at bats during this game for both teams, but CNCC was able to score more runs and pull away from Eastern. That was the outcome of the first two games over the series with Eastern and CNCC heading into day two 1-1.
The next two games played out similar to day one’s games. Both Eastern and Colorado had a win ending the series 2-2. The Eagles came close to walking away with a win in game three, only losing by one. They weren’t able to get the runs in like they had the first game. They had the hits but it just didn’t play out to their advantage in game three. Game four was a close win over CNCC with a score of 13-12. The Eagles did well at the plate with 42 at bats and 17 hits. The score was tight the entire game, until the Eagles pulled ahead in the top of the ninth inning, then turned around and held CNCC from scoring and finished the game with a win. Both games the Eagles won their errors were fewer than that of CNCC and both games lost they had more errors. It’s not all about what happens at the plate, defense plays a huge part in the outcome of the game.
The next weekend Eastern had four games against SLCC. This was not the best for the Eagles as they fell short all four games. Game one was pretty rough on the Eagles as they lost 0-6. SLCC’s pitching was on fire as they held the Eagles to only 2 hits and 0 runs. They played better in game two knocking in some runs against SLCC, but it still wasn’t enough for the win, as they lost 5-9. The next two games were pretty hard as SLCC had a clean sweep against the Eagles 10-0, and then finishing the last game in the series 3-13. It was a tough weekend for USU Eastern baseball.
Some positive stats about the team this year include some recent announcements made for USU Eastern that will make Eagle fans happy. For the first time in history, the baseball team has received votes in the DII NJCAA national poll which currently ranks the Eagles at number 26 in the nation. Nothing like having the USU Eastern’s baseball team ranked in the nation. Next up for the Eagles are Utah State club program this weekend at home on Friday and Saturday, then they are up against Dawson Community College the following week in Montana.