Apr. 29, 2019, Sterling, Colo. — In a non-conference game, the Plainsmen baseball team played a two-day, three-game series against the Colorado State University-Club team. These games served as a way to touch up aspects of their game before the two biggest series of the year. The Plainsmen fell in game one in Fort Collins, Colo. 15-14, but were able to pull things together for games two and three at Plainsmen Park and win 7-6 and 8-4.
In game one, Northeastern got things moving in the first inning, when Rosalio Mayo Ibarra singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. They extended their lead to a 9-2 game before the Rams started chipping away in the bottom of the fifth. Colorado State overtook the Plainsmen in the bottom of the seventh with seven runs, making it a 15-10 game. Northeastern made a push in the top of the eighth to get four, but it wasn't enough as they fell 15-14.
Jacob Baasch started the game for the Plainsmen as he lasted two innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out two and walking zero.
Game two was a much better game as the Plainsmen were able to take the lead and retain it throughout the entire game. Northeastern got on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice bunt by Colton Horn scoring one run. They continued to score in the third inning with four runs led by Horn, Jordan Garcia, and Roman Guthrie, who all drove in runs. The Rams battled back in the fifth inning to make it a 7-4 game, but the Plainsmen held them off and won 7-6.
Matthew Armendariz was the winning pitcher for Northeastern as he went four innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Gunnar Foegen, Andrew Ferrin, and Jordan Chappell all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
The third and final game of the series was the best for the Plainsmen as they won 8-4. Colorado State got things going early as they jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the first, then extended it to a 3-0 game. Northeastern battled in the bottom of the second to tie it a three apiece. From there it was all the Plainsmen as they pulled away for good with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Despite the Rams getting one run in the final inning, Northeastern won 8-4.
Cameron Phillips started the game for Northeastern as he lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out three. Juan Esparza, however, was the winning pitcher for as he surrendered zero runs on one hit over two innings, striking out two and walking zero. Sean Whalen and Jayden Smith entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Northeastern only has two more series before heading into the Region IX tournament. The first series is on Wednesday, May 1 against Trinidad State at home, then again at home on Thursday against the Trojans. Their final series is on Saturday and Sunday against the McCook Indians at Plainsmen Park to wrap up the regular season.