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TWIN FALLS — The College of Southern Idaho softball team opened its pivotal series against Salt Lake Community College with a pair of close wins on Thursday.

The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 8 in the latest NJCAA Division I media poll, beat the 4th-ranked Bruins 6-4 and 6-5 in their Scenic West Athletic Conference series-opening doubleheader.

CSI has now won 17 straight games.

In the first game, CSI opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning and led 2-1 through three. A four-run fourth inning increased the advantage to 6-1, and the score remained there until the final inning, when SLCC score three runs.

Tristin Evans (1-for-3) kickstarted the decisive fourth inning with a solo home run, and Hannah Peterson (1-for-4) added a solo shot for the third run of the frame. Nicole Renner (1-for-3) drove in the fourth run with a triple.

CSI’s Melanie Groenewegen went 2-for-3 with two doubles, and Hailey Hicks went 2-for-4 with a double.

In game two, SLCC opened the scoring with one run in the first inning, and it added two in the fourth to build a 3-0 lead. The Golden Eagles scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to go ahead, but SLCC tied it in the top of the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh, Renner and Groenewegen both walked with one out, and Anjalee Batchelor hit into a fielder’s choice. Renner advanced to third on the play and scored the game-winner run on an error by SLCC’s shortstop.

Siearrah Anderson (2-for-3) drove in both of CSI’s runs in the fifth inning with a home run, and Evans went 2-for-3.

The Golden Eagles (29-7, 19-3) will try to win and/or sweep the Bruins (24-9, 18-4) on Friday afternoon back at First Federal Field.

CSI baseball splits doubleheader at SLCC

WEST JORDAN, Utah — The 10th-ranked CSI baseball team rebounded from an 8-3 loss with a 9-2 win in Thursday’s SWAC doubleheader.

Game one was all SLCC, especially early. The Bruins scored one run in the first inning, four in the second and two in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead, and they led 8-1 through five.

CSI’s Ryke Erickson went 2-for-2 with a walk, and Brett Resch went 2-for-3.

In game two, SLCC led 2-0 through three innings, but the Golden Eagles answered with one in the fourth, two in the seventh and six in the eighth.

Hayden Leatham and Nolan Walker sparked CSI from the lineup’s No. 4 and No. 5 holes, respectively. Leatham went 3-for-5 with two triples, and Walker was 3-for-4 with a double.

Resch went 2-for-4 with a double, Shawn Grandmont went 1-for-4 with a double and Nick Dolce went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Golden Eagles starting pitcher Mason Foltz finished with a solid line: 6 1/3 innings, eight hits, two earned runs, two walks, five strikeouts. Brandon Soucy pitched the final two inning for CSI and didn’t allow a hit or walk while striking out two.

CSI (30-6, 14-4) will wrap up the four-game series with the Bruins (21-12, 10-8) on Friday afternoon.

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