Hot Bats Propel Eastern Over Corban on Day One

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon took the first two games of their weekend series with the Warriors of Corban University on Saturday. In game one four different Mounties left the yard as the team racked up 17 hits on their way to a 12-9 victory. Eastern jumped ahead early in game two with a 4-run second inning then fought off a Corban comeback to take a 7-6 win.

The Mounties and Warriors will return to action tomorrow morning to wrap up the series. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. at Optimist Field.

GAME 1
Eastern Oregon secured a thrilling 12-9 victory over Corban University in a high-scoring game that saw a total of 28 hits and 21 runs. There was no shortage of fireworks, with Rogelio Gonzales of Eastern Oregon homering to center field in the second inning, and Chase Nett following suit in the third inning, bringing Parker Cumberland home. Corban’s Brad Pellkofer got in on the action and homered to right field in the fifth inning to make it a 6-3 game. Eastern wasn’t done as Joey Freitas launched a homer in the sixth to extend the lead and Trevor Baker put the nail in the coffin with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the eighth. Brock Cordes earned his first win on the year while Tucker Zander was credited with the save.

Key Performers
EOU

  • Parker Cumberland: 2/5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Chase Nett: 2/5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Rogelio Gonzales: 4/5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

CRB

  • Noah Owens: 3/5, 2 RBI
  • Nainoa Ka’ahanui: 2/5, 2 2B, 1 R

GAME 2
Eastern Oregon University triumphed over Corban University with a final score of 7-6 in game two. The game saw a series of impressive plays, starting with Easton Lasich’s two-RBI homer in the second inning to straight away center that helped the Mounties put up two of their four runs in the inning. Corban’s Nainoa Kaahanui found a barrel and answered in the fourth inning with a solo shot. Eastern Oregon maintained their lead in large part thanks to Mario Landeros who doubled to right center for an RBI in the bottom of the fourth and then homered in his next at bat putting two more runs on the board that ultimately gave Eastern the win. Corban attempted a comeback in the fifth and eighth innings but fell one run short. Eastern’s Will Seslar was the highlight of the day on the bump throwing 7 innings while striking out 7 and giving up only 3 runs.

Key Performers
EOU

  • Will Seslar: 7 IP, 7 K, 3 ER
  • Mario Landeros: 2/3, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
  • Easton Lasich: 2/4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

CRB

  • Nainoa Ka’ahanui: 2/5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
  • Nathaniel Gutierrez: 2/4, 2 RBI
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