CNCC hands Golden Eagles four-game sweep
Spartans spoil Fan Appreciation Day on Friday afternoon with two close wins over USU Eastern
On one hand there was a bit of success for the USU Eastern Baseball team. But the other hand, there was a little bit of frustration of being on the wrong end of a few close losses.
The Golden Eagles dropped all four games on their home stand Thursday through Saturday which included losses of 9-2 on Thursday, 6-5 and 8-7 defeats on Friday and an 8-7 loss on Saturday.
The bit of success was the result of the Fan Appreciation Day during Friday's doubleheader.
USU Eastern Head Coach Scott Madsen said the Golden Eagles had plenty of opportunities to come away with a win or two, but the team's pitching staff struggled at times and the offense was not able to get the key hits in scoring situations.
Madsen credited CNCC with taking advantage of the situations during the series.
"Our pitching wasn't as good as it has been earlier this season," Madsen said. "They're (CNCC) just a good team and they got their chances and they took advantage of them."
The Golden Eagles did get a big performance from pitcher Mitch Dahl on Saturday as he pitched eight innings, allowing five hits and one run. Unfortunately for Dahl, the Golden Eagles were unable to hold a 7-1 lead in the ninth inning as the Spartans rallied for seven runs to take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. USU Eastern got the tying run to second base with two outs but were unable to get the run across home plate.
Madsen was very pleased with the turnout for the Fan Appreciation Day, noting the large turnout and good feedback from those who attended. The Friday event saw fans get free admission to the two games, free hot dogs and a rally towel. The National Guard was present and former war veterans helped throw out the first pitch before the game.
Despite the losses, Madsen said the Golden Eagles (11-13 overall) can continue to improve. While the team may not get the big hits in key situations, Madsen believes a focus on pitching and defense can help carry the team over the rest of the season.
"A lot of our success comes down to our pitching and defense," he said. "We're looking to scratch and claw for every run we can get."