With the Lady Bruins’ softball games being canceled last weekend due to the crazy April weather, the top-ranked baseball team was the only Salt Lake Community College squad in action as they traveled to Henderson, Nevada to take on the College of Southern Nevada. Though they lost the first contest of their weekend quartet they regrouped to finish the trip with a 3-1 record.
Holding a two-run advantage in the fifth inning of the opening contest last Friday, the Bruins gave up seven runs in that frame to lose, 9-4. Dom Taylor hit a home run in the defeat.
SLCC pitcher Ruddy Acosta was the story in game two on Friday, striking out a whopping 12 batters as the Bruins took the win, 8-0. Kyle Bilbrey anchored the offense, driving in four runs on his three hits. Taylor’s success at the plate continued as he connected on three base knocks as well.
On Saturday, it was Eddy Alvarez who took a turn being the RBI machine as he brought in five of his teammates en route to a 10-6 Bruin victory. A.J. Carman was solid on the mound, Sean Moysh was perfect at the plate and with the game tied Tyson Popoff got a clutch hit to bring in the go ahead run. Salt Lake never looked back as they ran away with the win.
The Bruins left Henderson after game two on Saturday having sneaked away with another victory, 4-3. This time it was Bilbrey with the clutch hit, as he drove home the winning run in the 6th inning. Jordan Hager was credited with the win and Carman notched the save.
With the weekend’s results the Bruins moved their record to 36-4 overall and 21-3 in Scenic West Athletic Conference action. Despite the fact that Salt Lake has won 90 percent of their games they are currently deadlocked with Western Nevada College in the conference standings, each having a 21-3 record. The Bruins have three more weekends of action before taking on WNC in the final weekend of the regular season in Carson City, Nevada.
Last Wednesday, the National Junior College Athletic Association handed out postseason awards for basketball, and two Bruins were honored. Sophomore guard Haley Holmstead was named a 1stteam All-American for the second time in her unforgettable career, becoming just the 16th player in NJCAA history to earn such an honor. She was also named the Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second time, the very first player in SWAC history to earn that honor.
On the men’s side, sophomore Alfonzo Hubbard was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the NJCAA.
BRUINS AT HOME THIS WEEK:
04/15: Baseball vs. Colorado Northwestern Community College, Cate Field at 1 p.m.
04/16: Baseball vs. Colorado Northwestern Community College, Cate Field at Noon