PRICE –Utah State Eastern softball split their road series 2-2 with the Snow College Badgers on Friday and Saturday.
It was the second series of the year against the Badgers, earlier this season they lost the series 3-0 in Saint George. The series had to move to a neutral site from Price due to weather.
“We are progressing each week and that is what we have to do with the way our season is set up. This team is learning to relentless. These close games are preparing us for the future,” said USU Eastern Head Coach Ryan Smith.
The Eagles defeated the Badgers 3-2 in game one of the series on Friday.
Led by pitcher Carlye Levy, the Eagles wouldn’t allow a run to cross home until the bottom of the sixth.
Levy earned the win after pitching seven innings with four strikeouts and only allowing two runs and five hits.
The go ahead score came off the bat of sophomore McKenna Gubanich in the top of the sixth she hit an RBI double to right field.
Later on Friday the Eagles fell to the Badgers 7-6.
The Eagles struggled in the first three innings of the game and fell behind 5-1 to Snow.
“We are still struggling to adjust and to control our game. When we control our approach we will control our destiny,” said Smith.
In the top of the fourth the Eagles would add four runs to the tie the game at 5-5.
Gubanich and Avery Blackhurst each added an RBI single in the fourth to help lead the comeback.
Trailing 6-5 in the top of the seventh, an error by Snow would allow Riley Stookey to cross home plate to tie the game at 6-6.
In the bottom of the seventh Snow’s Alvyia Woosley’s ground out with bases loaded would bring home the game-winning run to tie the series at 1-1.
On Saturday the Eagles defeated the Badgers 15-9 in game three.
Snow tied the game up at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Eagles’ bats came alive as they added nine runs including a grand slam from sophomore Jaiden Smith.
“Everyone kept finding ways to get on base and we were able to get one across,” said Smith.
“There is nothing like batting around the line up in extra innings.”
Freshman Alicia Cruz added a triple with bases loaded in the inning to put the game out of reach.
After the Eagles extra inning win over the Badgers, the concluded the series with a 9-1 game four loss.
The lone run of the game for the Eagles came in the top of the fifth when an RBI single by Levy brought home Rilee Stookey.
Levy had three hits in game four and seven hits overall in the series.
Gubanich also had a great weekend at the plate for the Eagles with six hits, three doubles, and three RBIs.
Stookey, Smith, and Cruz each led the Eagles in RBIs with four.
“These players and most of the others are buying into playing for a team. They are getting it done when they need to and are being good leaders on and off the field,” said Coach Smith.
USU Eastern now sits at 6-13 in conference and 8-23 overall. They currently are tied for fourth place with the College of Southern Nevada.
The Eagles will host Colorado Northwestern this Friday and Saturday at the Carbon County Fairgrounds.
Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.
All four games will be broadcasted on the Scenic West Digital Network at scenicwestsports.com.