BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
A mixture of rain and snow canceled the second half of a four-game series with Utah State University Eastern last weekend in Price, Utah, but not before the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes (13-6 overall) were able to win two games from the Golden Eagles.
“We were fortunate enough to come out with a pair of victories heading into conference play,” head coach Nick Garritano said. “It was good to get these boys out of town.”
Pitching was the key for the Coyotes who gave up just one run in two games.
“I credit our pitching staff for their efforts this week,” Garritano added. “USU Eastern pitched us great on Friday, really limiting our run producing opportunities with weather playing a factor for both teams. For us to only score four runs on Friday and walk away with a pair of victories proves our staff is turning the corner.”
Freshman starting pitcher David Kuzma picked up his third win of the season in an opening 1-0 victory. Kuzma had seven strikeouts while tossing five hitless innings and Logan Hold finished up with four shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks.
Sophomore Jace Herrera picked up the victory in the second game allowing just one run with eight strikeouts over five innings.
Freshman outfielder Gerald Robins keyed the offense for the Coyotes going 3-for-6 with three RBIs and a home run. Sophomore outfielder Grant Heyman continued his hot hitting with five hits including a pair of doubles and a triple to boost his average to .328.
The Coyotes open a four-game series against Salt Lake Community College with a doubleheader on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Morse Stadium. The two teams also play at 2 p.m. and 4:30 on Friday.