Top News — 26 February 2014
Consistency the key as CSN starts conference play

BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
MyLVsports.com

After picking up its sixth consecutive victory with a 10-0 shutout of College of Southern Idaho, the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes lost two in a row.

The Coyotes (11-6) dropped a 10-4 decision to Salt Lake Community College and the fell to Western Nevada, 9-7, showing there’s still room for improvement heading into conference play.

“The key to this club is consistency,” coach Nick Garritano said. “We have a lot of things that can be improved upon but at the same time I like the direction our club is heading. A few costly mistakes go our way and our record improves drastically.”

Freshman second baseman Tyler Brown continued his early season dominance at the plate over the weekend, going 6-of-14 (.428) with three RBI’s, two doubles and a triple. The speedy infielder also swiped three bases to put his season total at 16.

Sophomore outfielder Grant Heyman also had a big weekend. The former Miami Hurricane was 5-for-16 (.312) and had five RBI’s overall. The versatile outfielder also had two doubles and two stolen bases.

“Grant’s really starting to settle down and not press as much,” Garritano added. “Instead of trying to impress scouts and pull the long ball, he’s really started to just play the game of baseball. Take what opposing pitchers give him and pick his spots.”

Sophomore Tyler Condie, a Kansas commit, picked up his first victory of the season after striking out six batters in 5 1/3 innings. Sophomore Blair Goldsacks also had a fine outing against Southern Idaho and picked up his third win of the season. The Yavapai College transfer pitched five shutout innings against the Golden Eagles, allowing just three hits while fanning five batters.

The Coyotes return to action on Friday when they travel to Price, Utah to open Scenic West Athletic Conference action against Utah State University- Eastern Utah.

GRANT HEYMAN PHOTO BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI

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