Aggie baseball swept to start the season
Club drops all four games to CSI
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 00:02
The Utah State baseball club left Twin Falls, Idaho with their heads held high Saturday despite losing all four games of their weekend series against College of Southern Idaho.
“We went up there thinking if we win one or two of these games we’re doing pretty good,” pitcher Jaren Tyler said. “Our goal is to beat teams like this when we’re in midseason form.”
The Golden Eagles had already played ten games in their junior college league and wouldn’t count against Utah State’s overall season record. With this being the first time the Aggies had played outside since fall, head coach Norm Doyle was pleased with the amount of competitive games his team played.
“We lost four games, but that’s kind of what I expected as far as the scores,” Doyle said. “I wasn’t really going down there with the intent of being worried about whether we lost or won. It was all good from my standpoint.”
Pitcher Tyler Berry said he thought the team returned home with what they needed from the series.
“Even though we didn’t win, I felt that we did well for not being on a field for three months,” he said. “Taking away from these four games, I felt it improved us in a lot of ways.”
Doyle said while he expected the Aggie bats to be a little cold, the Golden Eagle pitching made it that way too.
“I knew our bats were going to be the problem. We hadn’t seen live pitching at all yet this year,” he said. “Bats were slow, we struck out a lot, a lot of swing and miss, which you expect for the first game of the season. Probably this weekend was the best pitching we’ll see all year.”
Tyler complimented the solid play of CSI.
“The thing that stuck out to me for the most part was how good of a hitting team they were and how well they pitched,” he said. “It gives us a goal to strive for.”
Doyle said he was just happy with the progress the team keeps making.
“Every game our bats got better and a little faster. We improved and did what we needed to do,” he said.
Game 1 - CSI 3, USU 0
Defense and pitching kept the Aggies in contention, but the team had a hard time thawing off their bats from Logan.
“Pitching all weekend long, with just a couple of exceptions, was just really really good,” Doyle said. “I was extremely impressed with how proficient our pitching was.”
After a shaky first inning, Robert Garrett pitched through the fourth and was outstanding, Doyle said.
“He found his rhythm and he was just mowing through them,” Doyle said. “We had outstanding defense in that first game, which was a pleasant surprise.”
Berry came in for relief, and credited fielding for helping keep the game close.
“Brandon Peterson, our shortstop, helped me out a lot by making a diving play up the middle,” he said. “It was a tough play and it helped me out a lot.”