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Golden Eagles sweep Yuba

Feather Publishing
2/22/2012

The Feather River College Golden Eagles baseball team swept a three-game non-conference series at Yuba College Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. In Friday’s single game of the series the Golden Eagles beat the 49ers by a score of 14-2, and they swept Saturday’s doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 10-5. With the sweep the Golden Eagles improved their season record to 9-1.

In Friday’s game played at Engelken Field on the campus of Yuba College, the Golden Eagles pounded out 19 hits to cruise to a 14-2 victory. The offense was led by sophomore Naea Kalehuawehe and his four hits, two home runs and five RBIs.

Eight of the nine offensive starters for the Golden Eagles had a hit, as freshmen Mike Egami and Brock Asher each had four hits apiece as well in game one of the series. Asher added two RBIs and Egami drove in three runs on the day.

On the mound the Golden Eagles were led by sophomore Andy Amaro as he improved to 2-0 on the season. In his second start of the season, Amaro went six solid innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run, and he struck out four. Freshmen Maclane Brady and Troy Hansen finished up the victory for the Golden Eagles by throwing a combined three shutout innings.

Game one Saturday saw the Golden Eagles come back from a three-run deficit in the top of the eighth with a five-run explosion, as they went on to win game one 7-5.

The Golden Eagles pounded out 12 hits as five different starters had two hits apiece. On the mound freshman Matt Thomas picked up his first collegiate win with 3-2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Thomas allowed three hits and two walks, and he struck out three.

Sophomore Chase Tokunaga came on to pitch the final 1-1/3 innings for his second save of the season. Tokunaga allowed one hit and struck out two hitters to secure the game one victory.

In game two the Golden Eagles scored early and often on their way to the 10-5 victory. The Golden Eagles offense pounded out 12 hits for their third straight game of the series with double figure hits.

The offense was led by freshman Jose Sierra and his three hits and five RBIs. Sierra was a triple away from hitting for the cycle and freshman Mike Egami also added two hits in game two with two RBIs.

On the mound freshman Michael Bennett picked up his third win in as many starts. Bennett pitched five innings, allowing six hits, zero runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

The Golden Eagles are now 9-1 on the season. The Golden Eagles will next travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for a three-game weekend beginning Friday, Feb. 24, at Santa Rosa Junior College for a 2 p.m. start.

On Saturday the Golden Eagles will travel to San Mateo for a 1 p.m. game, and finish the three-game road trip Sunday at Ohlone College with a noon start.

Saturday and Sunday’s games are tentatively scheduled to be on the radio with a broadcast time starting 15 minutes before the first pitch. To get updated stats and information on the Golden Eagles go to cccbca.com or the Feather River College Baseball Facebook site.


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