From now until the start of Idaho Stateâ€™s spring football practices March 26, we will preview the top storylines to follow as the Bengals prepare for the 2019 season.
Idaho Stateâ€™s special teams were led by first-year freshmen last season, neither of whom were with the Bengals for 2018 spring practices.
Kicker Campbell Sheidow and punter Kevin Ryan performed admirably â€” though inconsistently â€” after they were thrust into critical roles. Sheidow connected on 12 of 18 field-goal tries, with a long of 44 yards and a season-high four made kicks in a win at North Dakota. Ryan punted 50 times for an average of 39.9 yards, with six punts of 50-plus yards, 15 landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 63 yards.
The left-footed freshman also handled 56 of ISUâ€™s 72 kickoffs, averaging 59.6 yards per boot with 19 touchbacks.
NEVADA 4, IDAHO STATE 3
METRO STATE 12, IDAHO STATE 7
The Idaho State club baseball team lost two games Tuesday in Las Vegas, 4-3 to Nevada and 12-7 to Metro State.
Against Nevada, ISU was down 4-0 before scoring three runs in the seventh inning. Metro State was up 8-0 before the Bengals got on the board in the fifth inning of the 12-7 loss in the nightcap.
â€śA lot of missed opportunities at the pate for us today,â€ť ISU coach Sean Persky said. â€śJust got stuff going too late in both games. We dug ourselves a hole in both games.â€ť
The Idaho State softball team swept Utah Valley University in its home-opening doubleheader Tuesday at Miller Ranch Stadium, winning 5-0 and 8-6.
The Bengals (9-16) pounded out 17 hits in the two games, led by Emma Bordenkecher going 3 for 4 with four RBIs, one home run, two doubles and three walks.
Billie Jean Wells was 4 for 6 with two RBIs and three doubles. MaKenzie Van Sickle was 3 for 6 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. Jayden DeMoss had two hits and two RBIs. Eight different Bengals had hits on the day.
Autumn Pease earned the win in the 5-0 shutout. She pitched five innings, allowed one hit, one walk and struck out nine. Kelsea Sweeney earned the victory in the 8-6 nightcap. She went five innings, allowed seven hits, four runs, one walk while striking out three. Mariah Mulcahy pitched the final two innings of both games. She struck out five while allowing five hits and two runs.