TWIN FALLS — The College of Southern Idaho baseball team improved to 14-4 with Friday’s home-opening doubleheader sweep of Prairie Baseball Academy.
CSI beat the junior college team from Lethbridge, Alberta, 2-1 in the first game and 4-2 in the second.
In game one, the Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning and extended it to 2-0 in the sixth. Prairie cut the deficit in half in the seventh, but one run was all it could muster again Dylan Steen.
The sophomore right-hander pitched all nine innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, no walks and eight strikeouts.
At the plate for the Golden Eagles, Nolan Walker went 2-for-4 with a double, and Colin Gordon finished 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.
CSI never trailed in game two, either. Gordon turned a 1-0 lead into a 3-0 advantage with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. Prairie scored twice in the sixth, but Gordon added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly.
Gordon went 2-for-3, and David Hudelson was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk.
On the mound for CSI, Mason Foltz allowed two earned runs on seven hits, no walks and seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Minico High School graduate Jaden Jensen closed the game out with three shutout innings on two hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 18 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
CSI softball splits doubleheader at Snow
EPHRAIM, Utah — The CSI softball team split Friday’s Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader at Snow College.
In the first game, the Golden Eagles lost 12-9 after they allowed eight runs in the first inning. CSI got as close as 9-8 in the top of the fourth, but five errors secured Snow’s win. Only five of Snow’s 12 runs were earned.
CSI’s Nicole Renner and Melanie Groenewegen both went 3-for-4 from the plate, with Renner launching a home run in the process.
CSI bounced back in the next game with a 15-2 run-rule win.
Stefani Zimmerman earned the win on the mound, allowing only one earned run on five hits, but the bats were the highlight of the game.
Tristin Evans went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, with a home run and three RBIs. Hannah Peterson also earned three RBIs on her 3-for-4 day, including a triple.
The Golden Eagles (13-7, 3-3), ranked No. 10 in the most recent NJCAA Division I poll, will stay in Ephraim on Saturday for a series-ending doubleheader against Snow.