TWIN FALLS — The College of Southern Idaho baseball team began one of its biggest series of the season with a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep.
The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 16 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, beat 12th-ranked College of Southern Nevada 4-3 and 7-4 on Friday at Skip Walker Field.
CSI trailed for most of the first game. After falling behind 1-0 after the first inning, CSI tied it in the third. CSN’s Wyatt Feathe hit a solo home run the next inning, and the Coyotes built the lead to 3-1 through 5 1/2 innings. But the Golden Eagles rallied for three runs in the sixth, and Dylan Steen shut the door in the seventh.
Steen pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, five walks and one hit-batsman with five strikeouts.
At the plate for CSI, Colin Gordon went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double, Nolan Walker went 1-for-2 with a walk and David Hudelson went 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
In the second game, CSN took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but the Golden Eagles scored four in the bottom half, and they never trailed again.
Minico High School graduate Jaden Jensen relieved starter Mason Foltz and pitched 3 1/3 strong innings: one unearned run, five hits, no walks, four strikeouts.
CSI’s Shawn Grandmont went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk and Travis Bohall went 1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
The Golden Eagles (27-5, 11-3) will go for the series win and/or sweep on Saturday back at Skip Walker Field.
CSI softball sweeps road doubleheader
HENDERSON, Nev. — Like the baseball team, the CSI softball team earned a SWAC doubleheader sweep over CSN on Friday.
CSI won the first game 5-3 and rolled 18-5 in the second.
In game one, the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but CSN took the lead with three runs in the third. CSI scored three runs of its own in the top of the fifth to take the decisive lead.
CSI’s Melanie Groenewegen went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, Nicole Renner went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks, Anjalee Batchelor went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and Tristin Evans went 3-for-4.
In the second game, the Golden Eagles scored five runs in the top of the first. CSN cut the deficit to one after a four-run second inning, but that was the last time the game was close. CSI scored three in the third, three in the sixth and seven in the seventh.
Evans went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs, Renner went 4-for-5 with two triples and a double, Batchelor went 3-for-5 with a home run and Courtney Argyle went 2-for-4 with a home run.
CSI (25-7, 15-3) will play another doubleheader at CSN on Saturday to conclude the series.
CSI track competes at UVU Invitational
OREM, Utah — The CSI distance track team opened its spring season at the Utah Valley University Invitational on Friday.
CSI’s Riley Taylor finished 11th in the 22-runner men’s 1500-meter race with a time of 4:12.97. In the six-runner men’s 3000, CSI’s Chase Barrow finished second (9:30.43), Mubarek Haws was third (9:44.14) and David Wilcox was fourth (9:54.2).
On the women’s side, CSI’s Bailey Wall finished seventh out of 24 runners in the 1500 meters (5:00.17), followed closely by Shaylee Hill in eighth place (5:00.43) and Allison Teemant in ninth (5:01.44).