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Cougars complete sweep of Reno
by Tribune Staff
Mar 23, 2013 | 3257 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After taking Game 1 against Reno, the Spanish Springs baseball team entered its game Saturday on a mission to do something no other Cougar club in program history had done -- sweep the Huskies. Behind seven combined scoreless innings from pitchers Garrett Covington and Nikk Audenried, the Purple and Silver can check Reno off its list.

Following up a 3-2 win over Reno on Thursday, which was the first time the Cougars topped the Huskies in a regular season contest, Spanish Springs shut out Reno 6-0 to finish off the Division I North sweep.

"We have a lot of respect for Reno and coach Savage," Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said. "They've really been the standard for ball clubs in northern Nevada for a number of years, so to pick up two wins versus them is a big deal for our program."

Spanish Springs' Lucas Jones put the Cougars on the scoreboard with a solo home run in the first inning to grab a 1-0 edge, but from there the two sides tightened up until the sixth inning.

Still holding on to its slight 1-0 lead, SSHS went to the plate in the top of the sixth inning and gave itself some room to breathe as the Cougars added three runs. With two outs, Jeff McCusker singled into left field to drive home a pair. Chase Hauder then sent a double to right field, bringing McCusker around the bases to open a 4-0 advantage.

Not wanting to leave any doors open for a Reno comeback, the Cougars tacked on two more in the top half of the seventh to push the lead to the final result of 6-0.

Covington started on the mound for Spanish Springs, tossing 4 2-3 innings with five hits allowed, two walks, two strikeouts and a no runs. Audenried then came on to close out the final 2 1-3 innings, giving up one hit, one walk with two strikeouts to earn the save. While Reno was unable to score any runs, the Huskies had plenty of chances as it stranded 13 runners on base, but were unable to capitalize.

"It felt like we were in and out of trouble all day," Hofmann said. "We turned a couple of double plays to get out of a couple of spots. We made quality pitches when we had to. It felt like they had guys on all day and we were just able to get out of trouble."

At the dish, Jones led the way for Spanish Springs with a 2-for-3 day, including the homer to go along with two runs and two RBI.

The sweep marked the third straight win for the Cougars. Spanish Springs improved to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in league play. Next on the schedule for SSHS is a road contest at Wooster on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

"We're doing some nice things on the mound, but we're not playing very well defensively," Hofmann said on moving forward. "We definitely have work to do there. I know and our team knows we need to clean that up a little bit. You can't expect to get a lot of wins when you have four or five errors a game, so defensively we really have to improve."
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