The Feather River College Golden Eagles baseball team swept Sacramento City College in two home games last weekend to advance to the Super Regionals for the third time in five years.
The Golden Eagles won game one of the best-of-three series on Saturday by a score of 13-5, and they won game two on Sunday by a score of 11-10 to clinch the series.
Feather River will now host the Super Regionals beginning Friday, May 11. With the sweep, the Golden Eagles run their overall record on the season to 32-6.
In Saturday’s opening game of the Regionals, the Golden Eagles were able to score all their runs in three innings, as they won 13-5 over the Panthers.
The Golden Eagles started freshman Michael Bennett on the mound, and he pitched 7-2/3 innings, allowed nine hits and one earned run and struck out six Panther hitters for his 10th victory of the season.
Sophomores Chase Tokunaga and Andy Amaro finished off the victory with 1-1/3 innings of one-hit relief to seal the victory.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles pounded out 16 hits in the game as every offensive starter had at least one hit. Freshman Justin Bohn led the way for the Golden Eagles, as he went 4-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Sophomores Austin Bali and Naea Kalehuawehe and freshmen Ryan McMonigle and Mike Egami also added two hits each, with Bali also adding three RBIs. Sophomore Kyle Ford scored two runs and hit a solo home run for the Golden Eagles in the fifth inning.
In Sunday’s clinching victory, the Golden Eagles and Panthers traded punches for nine innings before the Golden Eagles won 11-10.
Each team started off by scoring three runs in the first inning, and Sacramento City also scored two runs in the second and one in the third to take a 6-3 lead into the fourth inning.
The Golden Eagles answered with a single run in the fourth inning, two more runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-6 lead that they would never surrender.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles pounded out 12 hits in the game, led by Bohn and his five hits. Bohn was 5-5, scored three runs, had three RBIs and hit a solo homer in the seventh inning.
Sophomore Paul Cagle added two hits and an RBI, and freshman Brock Asher added two hits and three RBIs.
On the mound, freshman Grant Mattes picked up his second victory of the season in relief of sophomore starter Alex Vetter. Mattes went three innings, allowing four hits and one run and striking out two hitters.
Bennett pitched the ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season, as he allowed one run and struck out one hitter.