COLLEGE: WNC sweeps CSI to improve to 14-0
TWIN FALLS. Idaho – Western Nevada College’s baseball team remained perfect in Scenic West Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader of College of Southern Idaho, 3-1 and 6-5, Friday afternoon.
The sweep puts WNC at 21-9 overall and 14-0 in league. CSI dropped to 16-10 and 8-6, respectively.
In the opener, Anthony Consiglio made his first start of the season and it was a thing of beauty. He went the entire seven innings, striking out nine, walking two and allowing four hits. The only run he allowed was unearned.
‘It was beautiful,” coach D.J. Whittemore said. “He really dominated the game.”
The only run CSI scored in the opener came in the second. WNC evened the game at 1 on Beau Day’s RBI single in the top of the fourth.
WNC won it in the bottom of the sixth when Connor Eppard singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sean Potkay walked and both runners moved up on a double steal. Zach Hendrix followed with a two-run single to snap the tie and give WNC the lead for good.
In the nightcap, jumped to a 6-0 lead with twin three-run outbursts in the third and fifth.
Eppard doubled home a run in the third, Potkay had a sacrifice fly and then Eppard scored on Day’s infield out. In the fifth, Eppard, Hendrix and Jon Sigado had run-scoring hits.
CSI battled back with one in the sixth and four in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-5. CSI mad the third out in the eighth with the bases loaded.
In the ninth, CSI put runners on second and third with two outs. Chris Garrison relieved Tim Peterson, who had taken over for Andrew Woeck in the eighth. A ball was hit between first and second. Second baseman Taylor Smart flagged the ball down and threw the runner out by a half-step to end the game.
“I thought we might have a chance to get the second runner out at the plate,” Whittemore said. “I thought for sure we were going to be tied or maybe even lose. It was a great play. Taylor came out of nowhere.
“Andrew threw a great game (7.1 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 10 strikeouts). I think he just got a little tired in the eighth.”
Chris Woolley went 3-for-3 and scored twice in the second game, and Tanner Nielsen went 3-for-4. Eppard and Hendrix collected two hits each. Nielsen went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader.