Cochise baseball won three of four games against Utah State University Eastern in a back to back doubleheader. In the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, February 7, the Apaches turned to Freshman RHP Nate Rohlicek to start the seventh inning game. Rohlicek got through four and two-thirds of the inning, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out five. After Utah State Eastern scored one at the top of the second, the Apaches answered back with three runs of their own. Freshman third basemen Cameron Pehrson started the scoring for Cochise with a double, followed by a single by Sean Cooper, and an RBI groundout for Steven Saunders. Utah State would cut the lead to one by scoring in the fourth inning, but the Apaches answered back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Cochise scored once more in the bottom of the fifth inning on a single by Ryan Magdic, making the score 5-2. Sophomore RHP Kyle Morrison finished the game on the mound for the Apaches throwing two and one-third strong innings with no hits and three strikeouts. The offense for the Apaches didn’t let up in the bottom of the sixth inning by adding three more runs. All three runs in the sixth for the Apaches came from returning players Jimmy De Leon, Steven Saunders, and Alex Stinnett. Cochise saw the ball well at the plate racking up eight hits in the game.
In game two, Freshman LHP Joseph Sinclair took the mound for Cochise. He allowed two hits and five runs over four and a third innings of work, striking out two batters. Utah State plated two runs in the top half of the first, making it 2-0. An RBI double by Sophomore Steven Saunders would cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first inning. Cochise got right back to scoring in the bottom half of the second inning with a bases-clearing double by Sophomore Jimmy De Leon, who collected three hits and a team-leading five RBI’s for the Apaches. Apache hitters gave their pitching staff an eleven run lead after exploding for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Utah State answered back with five runs in the fifth inning, making it 13-7. Cochise offense would come up empty on runs for the rest of the game while Utah State added another four in the eighth inning with a score of 13-11. Cochise pitching did enough to hold on for the win using five pitchers total in the game. Sophomore outfielder Steven Saunders also collected three hits in the ball game, adding three RBIs of his own.
On Saturday, the Apaches went with Freshman RHP Treyjan Meza in game one of their second doubleheader in four days. Meza locked in for five solid innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out nine Utah State hitters. After errors led to the run for Utah State in the first inning, the Apaches played solid defense throughout the rest of the game. The Apache offense provided Meza with six runs of support in the third inning, which allowed him to pitch confidently through five innings. Freshman outfielder Donnie Musgrove kicked off the scoring in the third with a single to score one run. Returning starter Steven Saunders doubled on the first pitch of his at-bat knocking in two more runs in the same inning. Another Sophomore, Alex Stinnett, stepped up in the third inning and hit a three-run homer extending the Apaches lead to 6-1. Freshman RHP Marco Ozuna came in relief for Cochise throwing two shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out two. Cochise would go on to score in every inning since the six-run third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, and then another in the sixth inning. The Apaches pushed ten players across home plate winning by a score of 10-3 in game one of the seven-inning doubleheader. Cochise had fourteen total hits in the game, with five different Apaches having multiple-hit games. Steven Saunders and Donnie Musgrove led the way with three hits apiece.
Game two on Saturday was the final meeting between Utah State University Eastern, finishing up a four-game homestand for Cochise. Sophomore LHP Ryan Magdic started on the mound for the Apaches. He got through four and third innings, allowing five hits and three runs. His offense backed him by scoring in four of the first five innings. Cochise tallied up twelve total hits in the game but never gained enough momentum to hold off Utah State. Freshman hitters Cameron Crotte, Donnie Musgrove, and Mohamed Baoui all had multiple hits in the game. Crotte led the Apaches offense with three hits and two RBI’s. Cochise only managed to score eight runs, getting outscored by Utah State, who had 18 runs on 18 hits. Although the Apaches couldn’t finish the sweep, they are happy with the home series to win — the first of the spring 2020 season.
Next up: Cochise opens up conference play at Eastern Arizona on Saturday, February 15, in Thatcher, Arizona.