By ROBERT VENDETTOLI
With a key weekend series at Western Nevada on deck, the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes garnered some much needed momentum by sweeping four games from the College of Southern Idaho last weekend.
In their final home series of the season, the Coyotes went out in style sweeping the Golden Eagles 5-1, 8-6, 5-4 and 1-0 while moving into sole possession of third place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
Game one starter Blair Goldsack proved once again why he’s been the ace of the staff this season for CSN by throwing a complete game, allowing just one run on three hits over seven innings. The hard-throwing sophomore righthander also struck out six batters while improving his season record to 6-3.
The local freshman tandem of Brett Bovee and David Kuzma powered the Coyotes to victories in games two and three while sophomore reliever Wes Grass picked up his second victory of the season after pitching two scoreless innings in the Coyotes’ 1-0 victory in game four.
Bovee finished the weekend with 5 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out four batters. Kuzma started Saturday’s doubleheader with a solid 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs while also fanning a pair of batters.
Freshman reliever Josh Nuernberg picked up a pair of saves in the series to bring his season total to six while sophomore Jace Herrera added his first save of the season in the finale.
Sophomore outfielder Grant Heyman was the most consistent bat in the lineup for the Coyotes over the weekend. Heyman was 5-for-10 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, including the game-winner in game four. With the two doubles in the series, Heyman advanced his season total to a conference-leading 20.
In game two, the Coyotes used the sophomore combination of catcher Nate Potterf (1-for-3, three RBIs and a double) and infielder Brandon Pletsch (2-for-4 and two RBIs) to get past CSI 8-6 while freshman outfielder Gerald Robins contributed a pair of RBIs in game three to power the Coyotes to the 5-4 victory.
Second place in the conference will be on the line this weekend in Carson City against Western Nevada with the first game scheduled for Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Coyotes conclude regular-season play with a four-game series on May 2-3 at Colorado Northwestern Community College.