On Saturday, February 15, Cochise baseball traveled to Thatcher, AZ, to play Eastern Arizona in their conference opener. Cochise played tight defense and shutout the Gila Monsters due to strong pitching performances on the mound. Freshman RHP Nate Rohlicek threw five scoreless innings allowing two hits and striking out five batters. Sophomore RHP Kyle Morrison continued to have success out of the bullpen allowing only one hit and finishing off the save for the Apaches. Cochise got on the board early, scoring in the top of the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Freshman Sean Cooper. The Apaches also scored in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded walk.
In game two of the doubleheader against Eastern Arizona, the Apache offense came to life. After only collecting one hit in the first game, Cochise tacked on ten hits in the second game taking Eastern down 5-3 to complete their first conference sweep. Sophomore LHP Ryan Magdic started on the mound for the Apaches. He went four innings, allowing three runs off four hits. Eastern scored two in the first inning on a two-run homer, but Cochise answered right back in the top of the second with three runs of their own to take the lead. Freshman OF Sean Cooper got things started with a one-out triple and later scored on a single by Cameron Pehrson. Pehrson would then score on a single by Jimmy De Leon. Freshman Chris Mathe also scored in the inning due to a single to CF by Freshman Donnie Musgrove. Eastern was able to get a run across in the third inning that tied the game up 3-3. Cochise added two more runs in the fifth inning, making it 5-3. The Apaches got their first run on a bases-loaded walk by Sean Cooper and another run on a single by Cameron Pehrson. Pehrson was one of three Apaches who had multiple hits in the game and had the most RBI’s (2) for Cochise. Cochise was able to finish off the sweep against Eastern Arizona thanks to a strong freshman bullpen performance by Mason Piert and Marco Ozuna. Both pitchers allowed no hits through five innings of work. Mason Piert went three innings and got the win for Cochise. Marco Ozuna finished the game off throwing two innings and striking out one to complete the save.
Cochise baseball takes on Central Arizona February 18 in Coolidge, AZ, at noon for a doubleheader.