Though there were no home games this week, Bruin athletes were hard at work. Results of the action by sport:
The Bruin baseball team must have received a Valentine’s Day boost, as they dominated two games versus McCook College on Tuesday. They won the opening game 15-1, followed by a 12-3 victory in the second game.
Game one featured a near-perfect display of pitching and offense, as Adam Dunn pitched five innings of no-run baseball. Braden Anderson and Sean Moysh gave him great run support, combining for eight RBI. Game two featured another gem, this time from Tyson Memmott. He blanked McCook in his five innings of work, while the ball connected with Bruin bats 12 times.
A day later, the Bruins faced Colorado Northeastern College in another double dip. Two more wins came, though not in quite as impressive a fashion as Tuesday. The opening game was an intense duel, as extra innings became necessary with a 0-0 score. Three frames later, Dom Taylor knocked in the winning run for the Bruins in the 9th, as they won 1-0. A.J. Carmen and Tanner Banks combined for the shutout victory. In game two, Mitch Manning brought back the offense, belting two homers. Josh Mooney and Rudy Acosta combined for 10 strikeouts as the Bruins were victorious, 6-2. On a six-game winning streak, the Bruins moved their record to 7-1.
The Lady Bruins ventured to Twin Falls, Idaho for some weekend softball against conference foe College of Southern Idaho. The teams split two high-scoring contests on Friday, as the Golden Eagles took game one 14-3, and the Bruins pulled out on top 8-7 in game two.
Despite drawing first blood, the Lady Bruins couldn’t get their offense going in the opening game, never getting more than a single at the plate. On the contrary, CSI racked up 12 base knocks in the victory. Game two was a reversal of game one, as the Bruins found themselves down early. A big fourth inning allowed them to take the lead, but they trailed going into the sixth and final frame. Unfortunately for Southern Idaho, Savannah Webster belted her second long ball of the day, a two-run shot. Madi White hit another for good measure as the Bruins snuck away with victory.
The teams went “halfsies” on Saturday as well, as SLCC used a seven-run third inning to take game one, 9-1. Kylee Brinkerhoff, Webster, Kylee Bufton and Starlee Hutchings got two hits apiece, and Ariel Zimmerman continued her dominance on the mound in registering the win.
In game two of Saturday’s action, it was CSI’s turn to go nuts in the third inning, as four Golden Eagles crossed home plate in the frame. SLCC fought back, loading the bases in the 7th. All were left stranded though as Salt Lake came up short. After the weekend, their record stands at 18-6, 10-2 in conference play.
Despite a hard-fought effort, Eastern Utah had SLCC’s number again on Friday. Though they shot just 44 percent from the field, Salt Lake managed to stick around before falling just short, 80-77. Patrick McCollum and Alfonzo Hubbard led again, scoring 19 and 17 respectively.
Similar to three weeks ago when the two teams squared off, the Bruins were looking to stop some bleeding on the road against Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday. They were able to do so, running past the Spartans, 81-48. Hubbard had 25, McCollum added 15. The win brought SLCC’s SWAC record back to .500 going into the regular season finale this weekend against Snow College.
The Lady Bruins are on a roll, as a six-game win streak became eight last weekend. In the process, SLCC was able to clinch the SWAC regular season title. Versus Eastern Utah, Haley Holmstead put up 30, Jami Mokofisi added another double-double, and Sofia Hepworth chipped in 12 as the Lady Bruins won 75-66. SLCC shot 55% from the field and 90% from the line in the win.
Against CNCC, Salt Lake used a 45-30 victory in the rebounding column to win 58-48. Holmstead added another 28, and Alli Blake contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Bruins at home:
• Baseball: Tuesday, February 22nd and Wednesday, February 23rd vs. Prairie Baseball Academy, Cate Field, Jordan Campus
• Men’s and Women’s Basketball: Saturday, February 26th, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., Bruin Arena, Taylorsville-Redwood Campus. Teams will be celebrating “Sophomore Night.”
*Game information was taken from slccbruins.com as all games were on the road.