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Lady Hawks' Season Ends in GSAC Playoffs

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CC_GSACWed., Feb 29th, 2012
La Mirada, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a big second half from the Biola Eagles as SDCC’s first trip to the GSAC tournament since 99-00 ended with a 65-53 loss on the Eagles’ home court in front of a large contingent of SDCC fans.

SDCC jumped up early on a three pointer by Brittany Daniel and held the lead until the 13:20 mark, when Biola went on a modest 6-0 run to take the lead at 9-6. SDCC would regain the lead a few moments later, when consecutive buckets from SDCC’s Juanita Lewis (pictured left) and Daniel gave the Lady Hawks a 10-9 lead.

Both teams went back and forth, knotting the game at 14-14, when the Lady Hawks went on a 6-1 run to grab a 20-15 lead when Lewis nailed a turnaround jumper with 3:50 left in the half.

The Eagles would knock down free throws late in the first half to cut the SDCC lead to 22-19 at intermission.

SDCC came out in the second half and forced a Biola turnover on their first possession. On the ensuing possession, Daniel nailed a three pointer to put SDCC up 25-19. The Eagles immediately responded with a 10-2 run to recapture the lead at 29-27.

The Eagles would remain in the lead until Brittany Robinson knocked down a three pointer with 12:04 left in the game to put SDCC back up 36-35. The Eagles attacked right back, going on a 10-0 run to take the lead to 45-36. SDCC came back again, with three pointers from Heather Servin and Daniel, and a layup from Lewis, to cut the BU lead to 47-44 with 5:20 left on the clock.

The Eagles, undeterred by the loud SDCC fanbase, held SDCC scoreless for over the next four minutes and went on a 9-0 run to take their lead into double digits at 56-44 with 1:26 on the clock. SDCC finally got back on the board when Serven knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:14 left on the game.

The Lady Hawks made a late push with a Robinson three pointer and Daniel layup, but SDCC could not overcome Biola’s free throw shooting down the stretch and the Eagles captured the victory.

SDCC was led by Daniel with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Lewis added 12 points. Biola was paced by Charisse Reece with 18 points and Adijat Adams with 14 points.

The Lady Hawks end their season with a 20-11 record. The 20 wins on the season are a school record.

Daniel Named to All-GSAC Team

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 28th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif.--After a regular season in which the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team set a school record for wins and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time since 99-00, the Lady Hawks’ leading scorer Brittany Daniel was honored by being named to the All-GSAC team on Monday evening.

Daniel, junior guard from San Diego and transfer from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, averaged 18.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game this season. Daniel scored over 20 points on 15 occasions, including a season-high 27 points against Hope International University on January 17th.

Daniel is ranked tenth in the NAIA and fourth in the GSAC in points per game to lead the Lady Hawks to a 20-10 record.

Head Coach Kelsey Dillon praised her junior guard, stating “We knew Brittany would come in and be a program changer. She is an amazing athlete and was virtually unstoppable in every aspect of her game.”

Dillon continued, “She overcame a lot this season between injuries and illness, so I am really proud of what she was able to accomplish.”

“I look forward to seeing her grow and develop even more and come back next year to possibly get the GSAC Player of the Year.”

To read more about the All-GSAC team, click here.

Hawks Upset #4 Concordia on Senior Night

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 25th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team closed the season out in style, upsetting the #4 Concordia Eagles 90-86 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 16 rebounds from Senior Calvin Seaberry (pictured left).

“This was a great team effort and we did everything that we were supposed to do,“ said Seaberry. “Coach put an emphasis on rebounding and pushing the tempo and we executed the gameplan Coach drew up.”

“You couldn’t have asked for a better script than to go out on Senior Night with a win.”

The first half was a back and forth affair that saw five ties and six lead changes. Neither team was able to build a lead larger than six points at any time in the first half. CU tipped in a missed shot as time expired in the first half and went into the locker room with a 40-37 lead.

The second half continued as the first ended, with SDCC tying the game at 43-43 at the 15:53 mark. After the Eagles nailed a three pointer, SDCC went on an 11-3 run and took a lead they would not relinquish.

The Eagles, playing like the GSAC champions they are, kept trying to make a run. However, time and time again, SDCC would hit big shots.

CU made a late run, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 76-74 with 4:02 on the clock. SDCC turned to their seniors, as Johnny Del Bene knocked down a pair of free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Tim Sanders stripped the ball from CU’s Tommy Granado and Del Bene hit a jumper on the subsequent fast break.

CU again made a run, bringing the lead down to 81-77 with 2:48 remaining. SDCC responded with a layup from Seaberry, a pair of Del Bene free throws, and a Benji Arvizu layup to build the lead to 87-77 with 1:05 remaining. The Eagles knocked down a pair of three pointers in the closing seconds to cut into the lead, but SDCC held on to the 90-86 win.

SDCC was led by their starting five, seniors Seaberry (20 points and 16 rebounds), Arvizu (19 points), Del Bene (18 points), Kennan Patterson (9 points), and Tim Sanders (8 points and 8 rebounds).

Before the game, SDCC honored seven seniors, including Arash Riahi and Xaiver Mylleville, in addition to the previously mentioned.

“I told the seniors that there are only about 1% of basketball programs that get to end their season with a win due to tournaments,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “We competed so hard all season, and lost so many close games, but tonight they did everything we asked of them and we pulled it out.”

"On Senior Night, to honor these guys who have been our leaders and best workers, you honestly could not have scripted it better.“

Cook added, “This season and this game are an incredible building block for our program. It will take time, but I think that we are showing that the program is moving in the right direction. “

Lady Hawks Collect 20th Win of the Season

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 25th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a dominating second half to pull away from the Concordia Eagles on Saturday night 73-54. The win caps off the best regular season in SDCC women’s basketball history, as the Lady Hawks reached the 20-win plateau for the first time ever.

“Reaching 20 wins in a season means a lot,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “The top teams in the conference have 20 wins as a goal every year, and to reach that mark is a great accomplishment.”

Both teams went back and forth early in the game, with neither team taking a large advantage until SDCC (20-10, 9-9) went on an 11-2 run starting at the 12:33 mark to push the Hawks up 25-16 with 7:45 left in the first half.

CU (7-18, 4-14) would respond with a 15-6 run to close out the half and head into the locker room tied at 31-31.

The second half began similarly to the first, with both team exchanging buckets. The Eagles took a 36-35 lead at the 17:15 mark; it would be the last lead CU would hold.

The Lady Hawks rolled out a 14-2 run over the next six minutes, sparked by a pressuring full court press, to take a double digit lead at 49-38. SDCC would continue to build their lead, eventually stretching it to a 71-51 lead with just over one minute left before claiming the 73-54 victory.

“The second half was great for us,” said Dillon. “They seniors didn’t want to lose on Senior Night and jeopardize our tournament seed.”

“When we started to press is when things really took off for us. “

The Lady Hawks were led by Brittany Daniel with 21 points. Senior Brittany Robinson (pictured left) added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jasmin Thomas added 16 points.

SDCC shot 56.0% (14-25) in the second half to pull away.

Before the game, the SDCC Women’s Basketball program honored four seniors: Jasmin Thomas, Michelle Gonzalez, Brittany Robinson, and Juanita Lewis.

“This senior class has helped us turn that corner,” said Dillon. “We have had some great players in the past, but this really is the first complete group that set a new tone for our program. “

“They have done a great job for us.”

The Lady Hawks head into the GSAC tournament, traveling to Biola on Wednesday, February 29th for a 7:30pm matchup with the Eagles. SDCC and Biola split the regular season series.

Hawks Split With Defending National Champs

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 25th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team split a double header with the defending GSAC and national champion Concordia Eagles on Saturday afternoon. SDCC was stifled in game one 6-1, but battled back from a 3-0 deficit in game two, winning in the bottom of the ninth 6-5.

SDCC moves to 6-12 (1-3) while CU goes to 9-5 (3-1) with the split.

“We battled the second game and with a lot of guys injured, we had a variety of guys step up on the mound, in the field, and at the plate,” said Head Coach Chris Bando. “We didn’t quit and came out on top.”

In game one, SDCC got on the board in the bottom of the first, when leadoff hitter Jeff Lusardi walked and was sacrificed to second base by Sean Sweeney. Chis Pascual (pictured left) then singled up the middle to drive in Lusardi to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

SDCC was then shut down by Eagles’ pitcher Jake Hovis and great defensive play from CU. Pascual’s single in the first was SDCC’s last base runner until Alex Mann singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, a stretch of 21 Hawk hitters.

Hawks starting pitcher Adair Robles pitched well, throwing seven innings, scattering nine hits, and allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out three.

CU did their damage with a pair of runs in the fourth, one in the sixth, and three in the ninth to take game one 6-1.

Game two started with the Eagles scoring three runs in the top of the first off SDCC starter Brock Heerdt. SDCC responded in the bottom of the first when Sweeney doubled and then scored on a Garrison McLagan single.

Heerdt would keep the Eagles at bay, and SDCC tagged on more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Bailey was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Robert Berryman then singled down the left field line. After an out, Sweeney singled to drive in Bailey and Pascual reached on an error by the shortstop and Berryman scored. Sweeney then scored on a passed ball to put the Hawks in front 4-3.

CU responded with a run in the top of the sixth to tie the game, and SDCC fired back in the bottom of the seventh with a run when Jeff Lusardi doubled and was pinch ran for by Cedric Bogan. With Bogan on second, a ground ball off the bat off Pascual went to the shortstop, who fired it to third to try to gun down Bogan. The ball beat Bogan to the bag, but as the third baseman applied the tag, the ball shot out of his glove and headed into the SDCC dugout. Bogan was award home to put SDCC up 5-4.

The Eagles scored in the top of the eighth inning, when a walk, stolen base, and single tied the game at 5-5. Jeremy Blare came in and retired the Eagles in the eighth and ninth innings, giving SDCC a chance in the bottom of the ninth.

With one out in the ninth, Lusardi singled past a diving second baseman into right field. Richard Aguirre came in to run for Lusardi. After a strikeout, McLagan stepped in and a wild pitch moved Aguirre to second. With the count 1-0, the left-handed hitting McLagan shot a line drive down the leftfield line to drive in Aguirre to win the game 6-5.

“I was trying to get a good pitch to hit,” said McLagan on his walk-off hit. “In that situation, the more you try to do, the less successful you will be. The Lord provided me with peace in that at-bat and it worked out for us.”

Blare(2-0) got the win in relief. Heerdt threw 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and four runs (one earned).

Sweeney and Lusardi were each 3-5 while McLagan was 2-4 with two RBIs.

“The win feels great,” said McLagan. “We played an amazing game as a team in the second game; we couldn’t have asked for more our pitching staff, our defense, or our hitters.”

Bando praised his team after the game.

“It is great to start out with the #2 team and it is a good measuring rod of where we are,” added Bando. “This win and series provides confidence and is good for momentum going into the next series, knowing that we can compete with anyone in the top 25.”

“We should feel good about what we did in this series and it should carry over to the next opponent.”

The Hawks host the Point Loma Nazarene on Friday, March 2nd for a doubleheader starting at 11:00am.

Hawks Swept by Defending National Champs

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CC_GSACThu., Feb 23rd, 2012
Irvine, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team dropped the GSAC opening double header to the defending national champion Concordia Eagles on Thursday. Despite out-hitting CU in both games, the Hawks fell in game one, 5-4, and in game two, 12-4.

SDCC falls to 5-11 (0-2) with the losses while CU moves to 8-4 (2-0) with the wins.

In game one, CU jumped on top in the bottom of the first with a pair of hits and a run. SDCC responded with a run of their own in the top of the second, when Luis Rivas doubled and was driven in by Sean Sweeney (pictured left), knotting the game at 1-1.

The Eagles looked to take control with a run in the third and three runs in the fifth, to take a 5-1 lead.

The Hawks chipped away at the CU lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. With one out, Sweeney singled and stole second. With a Dawson Jones single, Sweeney moved to third, putting runners on the corners with one out. Robert Aguirre then singled through the left side, driving in Sweeney and advancing Jones to second base. After Josh Fernandez pinch ran for Jones at second base, Jeff Lusardi legged out an infield single to load the bases with one out. Victor Martinez then singled, picking up Fernandez and advancing the other runners one base and cutting the CU lead to 5-3. The Hawks were unable to capitalize as Nick Bando lined out to the third baseman and Garrison McLagan flew out to centerfield.

After Hawks’ pitcher Lucas Whitmore worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, SDCC produced another run when Luis Rivas singled and stole second base. Sweeney then drove in Rivas with his third hit of the game to make it a one run game, 5-4.

Whitmore again worked a 1-2-3 inning, giving SDCC a chance in their half of the ninth inning. After a one out single by Martinez, the Hawks were unable to push a run across.

Sweeney was 3-4 with 2 RBIs, while Martinez was 3-5. Robert Aguirre and Rivas each had two hits for SDCC. Whitmore (1-2) threw the complete game, surrendering 5 runs (4 earned), scattering 10 hits and striking out 2.

In game two, SDCC held the lead briefly in the top of the second when Alex Mann singled and later scored on a Rich Aguirre single and an error by the third basemen. 

CU responded with one in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1.

The Eagles took control of the game in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of three Hawk errors and scoring six runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead heading into the fourth.

SDCC tried to cut into the lead when Chris Pascual hit a solo homerun in the top of the fourth. However, the Eagles pounded out five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to move the lead to 11-2.

The Hawks used two CU errors and RBIs from McLagan and Rivas to score a pair of runs in the fifth, but the lead was too much and CU claimed the 12-4 victory.

Lusardi was the only Hawk with multiple hits in game two, going 2-4. The Hawks out-hit CU 11-10 in game two.

McLagan (0-3) took the loss for SDCC, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) over 2.1 innings.

The Hawks host the Eagles on Saturday, February 25th, for a doubleheader starting at 10:00am.

Hawks Fall on the Road

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 21st, 2012 [box score]
La Mirada, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a 25-4 first half run by the Biola Eagles, falling 76-45 on Tuesday night.

SDCC falls to 7-17 overall and 3-14 in the GSAC with the loss. Biola moves to 21-8 overall and 11-6 in the GSAC with the win.

SDCC hosts Concordia in the regular season finale on Saturday, February 21st at 5:30pm.

SDCC jumped up 3-2 on a Raphael Rodriguez three pointer on the Hawks’ second possession; it would be the Hawks’ only lead of the game. Biola took the lead back, and maintained a small advantage for the first eight minutes. A Jacob Garcia jumper with 12:24 in the first half cut the Biola lead to 14-13, but the Eagles went on a 25-6 run to close out the first half and took a commanding 39-19 lead at halftime.

Biola kept the momentum going in the second half, expanding their lead to 53-33 five minutes into the second half. SDCC was unable to cut into the Eagle lead, and Biola sustained the advantage, taking the 76-45 win.

SDCC was led by Raphael Rodriguez and Benji Arvizu with 9 points each, while Tim Sanders added 8 points.

Biola was paced by Chase Adams with 16 points. Given Kalipinde added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

SDCC shot 31.4% (16-51) from the field for the game while Biola was 29-60 (48.3%).

The Hawks close out their season on Saturday, February 25th hosting #4 Concordia at 7:30pm.

Biola Comeback Dooms Lady Hawks

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 21st, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team built a 21-point lead in the first half, only to see the Biola Eagles stage a comeback to capture a 48-45 victory. The win clinches the fourth place finish for the Eagles, who may turn around and host SDCC in the opening round of the GSAC tournament. The Lady Hawks will find out their first round matchup after Saturday’s games.

SDCC falls to 19-10 (9-10) with the loss. Biola moves to 19-9 (10-7) with the win.

The Lady Hawks jumped all over the Eagles in the first half, putting on a dominating performance and building a 25-4 lead at the 6:30 mark in the first half. Biola chipped away at the lead, closing out the first half on a 10-0 run to make the Hawk lead 25-14 at the break.

The Eagles kept their momentum going in the second half, continuing to cut into the Hawks’ lead. Biola capped off a 26-5 run to make the game 31-30 with 9:44 left in the game. Heather Serven then drilled a three pointer on an assist from Brittany Daniel (pictured left), and Brittany Robinson received a long pass from Daniel for a layup and pushed the Hawk lead to 36-30.

Biola continued to remain in the game, responding to any small run the Lady Hawks would make.

SDCC remained in the lead for most of the second half, until Biola tied the game with 2:46 on the clock and took the lead with 1:48 left in the game for the first time and pushing their lead to 46-42 with :39 on the clock. SDCC would respond when Serven nailed a three pointer with :29 remaining. SDCC was forced to foul and the Eagles knocked down a pair of free throws to put Biola up 48-45. SDCC had one more chance, but Robinson’s three point attempt didn’t fall as time expired.

SDCC was led by Daniel with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Robinson and Jasmin Thomas added 8 points each.

The Lady Hawks shot 16-50 (32.0%) for the game and held Biola to 20-59 (33.9%) shooting.

SDCC hosts Concordia in the regular season finale on Saturday, February 21st at 5:30pm.

Hawks Fall Late, 82-76

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 18th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team used a combined 46 points from their starting backcourt to build a lead, but could not hold off a late Azusa Pacific University run as the #17 Cougars escaped with an 82-76 win over the Hawks.

SDCC falls to 7-16 overall and 3-13 in the GSAC. APU moves to 21-7 overall and 10-6 in the GSAC. The loss in the tenth single digit loss this season for the Hawks.

The game started with both teams going back and forth, until the Hawks took control behind 13 points from Raphael Rodriguez in the first ten minutes of the game. SDCC went up 29-18 on a Rodriguez layup at the 7:41 mark, before the Cougars went on a 9-0 run to make it a one possession game at 29-27 with 3:36 to go before halftime.

SDCC closed out the half on a 13-5 run, including a Johnny Del Bene (pictured left) three pointer as time expired, to head into the locker room with a 41-32 lead.

The Hawks came out of the half with a pair of buckets from Benji Arvizu to push the lead to the largest of the game at 45-32. APU chipped away at the Hawks’ advantage until the Cougars took a 67-66 lead on a pair of free throws with 7:28 left in the game.

APU moved their lead to 72-66, until Del Bene, on consecutive possessions, converted an old fashioned three point play and drilled a three pointer to tie the game at 72-72 with 4:13 left. After an SDCC defensive stop, Rodriguez nailed a jumper to push the Hawks in front 74-72 with 3:44 remaining.

Both teams exchanged buckets, and APU tied the game at 76-76 with 2:18 on the clock. SDCC would then miss a three pointer, force an APU turnover, and fail to convert on offense with just over a minute left. APU would then draw a foul and make both free throws to move in front 78-76. On the ensuing possession, SDCC was unable to convert on a front end of a one and one, and APU would grab the rebound with :25 on the clock, forcing SDCC to foul. The Hawks would miss their final five shots in the final moments and APU knocked down free throws to take the victory.

SDCC was led by Rodriguez with a career high 25 points while Del Bene added 21 points. Arvizu would chip in 11 points.

SDCC shot 50.0% (29-58) from the field for the game, including shooting 55.6% (15-27) in the first half.

The Hawks travel to Biola on Tuesday, February 21st for a 7:30pm tipoff.

Lady Hawks Fall to APU

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 18th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team was unable to stop the inside-out game of Azusa Pacific University, as the Lady Cougars captured a 72-60 win on Saturday night.

SDCC falls to 19-9 overall and 8-8 in the GSAC. With the loss, the Lady Hawks fall to fifth in the conference, one game behind Biola. APU remains second in the GSAC with a 13-3 conference mark and an overall record of 20-6.

APU started quickly jumping up 15-5 within the first five minutes of the game. SDCC went on a small 9-3 run to cut the Cougar lead to 18-14 at the 10:01 mark. APU would respond with a 12-2 run of their own, pushing their lead to the largest of the first half at 30-16 with just under three minutes in the half.

The Lady Hawks were able to cut the lead to single digits with 1:14 to play, but APU pushed the lead up to 38-25 at the halftime break.

The second half saw the Lady Hawks come out on a 15-6 run over the first eight minutes to cut the APU lead. After a Hannah Miller jumper cut the lead to 44-40, APU took control of the game with a 14-2 run to take their largest lead of the game at 58-42 with 7:56 left to play. The Lady Hawks were unable to get back into the game as every time SDCC would make a run, APU quickly snuffed it out.

SDCC was led by Brittany Daniel (pictured left) with 25 points and 7 rebounds while Brittany Robinson added 10 points.

The Lady Hawks did not have an answer for the APU duo of Guard Briana Hall and Forward Amber Williams. Hall had 17 points and Williams had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

APU won the battle on the glass, outrebounding SDCC 46-37. The Lady Hawks struggled from the free throw line, shooting 12-24 while APU was 24-31 from the charity stripe.

SDCC travels to Biola for a crucial game on Tuesday, February 21st at 5:30pm. The winner of the game holds the tie breaker for the important 4th seed in the conference tournament. The fourth seed hosts an opening round game.

Robles, Whitmore, Pitch Hawks to Sweep

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CC_GSACFri., Feb 17th, 2012 [Box scores coming soon] 

By Brandon James

Riverside, Calif. --If you wanted to see some crafty pitching, today was the day to head out to La Sierra University where the San Diego Christian College pitchers lit up the strike zone for 19 strikeouts in 14 innings against the Eagles in a sweep, taking game one 6-1 and game two 12-4. Adair Robles (pictured left) and Lucas Whitmore led the Hawks to a combined 35 strikeouts over 35 innings of work in the four games against LSU this season.

In game one, Robles took the mound and from the very first pitch seemed determined to show he can go the distance after a blister forced him to leave his last start. Robles was consistently in and out of the strike zone, fooling hitters with his breaking pitches, and throwing his fastball by the LSU hitters. Robles ended the game allowing only one run and scattering four Eagle hits. Robles has been over powering in every contest this year, throwing 25.2 innings, striking out 30 and holding a 2-2 record.

Game 2 featured another dominating pitching performance as Lucas Whitmore threw a complete game, striking out 11 and leading the Hawks to a 12-4 victory. Whitmore was on target with his curve ball and spotted up his fastball on the outside corner which had the hitters fooled throughout most of the game.

The Hawks offense got going early, rolling out seven runs in the top of the first inning, and scoring in the first four innings. That would be plenty for Whitmore, who has also been an impressive addition to the Hawks this season after transferring from Lubbock Christian University, where Whitmore gained valuable playoff experience. Last season, Whitmore pitched in the NAIA College World Series and was tuning up for his rematch against Concordia University, who he faced in the CWS.

Jeff Lusardi led SDCC, going 4-6 with a double and 2 RBIs on the day. Sean Sweeney went 3-5 on the day with 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. The Hawks hitters totaled 18 runs on the day with a combined 16 hits to try and take some momentum into conference play.

The Hawks kick off GSAC play against the defending National Champions, the Concordia University Eagles, on Thursday, February 23rd at CU. The Hawks then host the Eagles on Saturday, February 25th for a double header starting at 10:00am.

Hawks Outlast Royals in 68-55 Win

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 14th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team kept their conference tournament hopes alive behind a 20-point effort from Senior Benji Arvizu (picture left) in a 68-55 victory over Hope International University on Tuesday night.

SDC moves to 7-15 overall and 3-12 in the GSAC while HIU falls to 11-11 overall and 4-11 in the GSAC.

The Hawks started out strong, building a double figure lead of 16-6 at the 12:45 mark in the first half. After a HIU timeout, the Royals went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 18-18 with 9:08 remaining in the half. SDC would respond with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 28-18 lead on a Keenan Patterson layup with just over six minutes left before halftime. The Royals would fight back to make it a 32-26 game heading into the locker room.

The Hawks would come out in the second half going on an 10-2 run over the first six minutes to take a 42-28 lead. HIU would chip away at the SDC lead, making it a 50-46 game with 5:46 left in the game.

SDC would respond with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to put the game away. Arvizu had nine points in the final five minutes of the game, including a huge three pointer with 2:10 left in the game to push the Hawks in front 57-48. The Hawks would outscore HIU 18-9 over the final 5:46 to pull away.

Arvizu led the team with a season high 20 points. Raphael Rodriguez had 11 points and Tim Sanders added 11 rebounds.

SDC shot 44.6% (25-56) from the field for the game and limited HIU to 33.9% (21-62) shooting. The Hawks knocked down 15-18 second half free throws, including making 11-12 free throws in the final 1:32 of the game.

The Hawks continue their season by hosting Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm.

Lady Hawks Survive HIU Comeback Attempt

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 14th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a big first half, and fought off a second half Hope International University surge, to pull out a 61-57 victory over the Lady Royals on Tuesday night. 


SDC moves to 19-7 overall and 8-7 in the GSAC while HIU falls to 4-23 overall and 1-14 in the GSAC.

The Lady Hawks built a big first half lead despite only shooting 11-29 (37.9%) from the field. An 11-2 run early sent SDC up 20-7 at the 5:45 mark after a jumper from Brittany Robinson. The Lady Hawks would maintain a double figure lead heading into the break, 30-18.

After a pair of three pointers to start the second half from SDC’s Hannah Miller to put the Lady Hawks up 36-23, HIU would fight their way back into the game. The Lady Royals would go on a 17-3 run over a six minute stretch to take a 40-38 lead at the 10:44 mark.

The game would then go back and forth, until SDC took the lead for good when Melissa Beatty made three consecutive baskets with five minutes left in the game. Beatty’s three shots sparked a 10-2 run that put SDC up 58-51 with 1:25 remaining. The Lady Hawks would make free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

SDC was led by Robinson with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Miller and Jasmin Thomas added 10 points each. Jermani Stewart had 7 points and hauled in 11 rebounds.

The Lady Hawks shot 44.4% from the field in the second and survived a hot shooting second half from the Lady Royals (53.6%).

The Lady Hawks continue play, hosting #13 Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, February 18th with a 5:30pm tip.

Cougars Take Doubleheader from Hawks

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 11th, 2012 [box score]  [box score
El Cajon, Calif. --Errors plagued the San Diego Christian College baseball team on Saturday, as the Cal State San Marcos Cougars swept the Hawks in a double header, winning game one 5-0 and game two 12-4.

SDC falls to 3-9 with the losses while CSUSM moves to 6-1.

Game one saw SDC’s Adair Robles roll through the Cougar lineup the first time through. CSUSM got on the board in the fourth, when Kyle Secciani Drilled a fastball over the left field wall for a homerun to put the Cougars up 1-0.

The Hawks threatened a few times, but stranded in each of the first seven innings with pushing a run across.

CSUSM scored a pair of runs in the 6th and a pair of runs in the 8th. SDC went down in order in the 8th and 9th innings and the Cougars captured game one, 5-0.

Robles (0-1) took the loss, throwing 7.1 innings, striking out eight and allowing seven hits. Robles allowed four runs, three of those were earned.

CSUSM jumped on SDC early in game two, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. SDC responded with a triple from Tyler Bailey, followed by a single by Garrison McLagan to drive in Bailey. Nick Bando then singled, and Andy Salcido drilled a double to drive in McLagan. The Hawks were unable to push across any more runs, but cut the lead in half, 4-2, after one inning of play.

CSUSM pounded the ball in game two, scoring two runs in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth, and two in the seventh.

The Hawks scored a run in the sixth, when Sean Sweeney walked and later scored on Rich Aguirre’s single.

SDC tacked on another run in the seventh. Luis Rivas singled though the left side to lead off the inning for the Hawks. Rivas walked and stole second. Nick Bando walked and Rivas moved to third on a passed ball. Alex Mann drove in Rivas on a fielder’s choice but the Hawks could not scratch any more runs across.

In game two, McLagan went 3-4 with a run and RBI and Bando was 2-3.

Dylan Jones took the loss for the Hawks, throwing two innings and allowing six runs, with four earned runs. Jeremy Blare threw 2.2 innings, scattering 3 hits and giving up four runs, with only one earned. McLagan threw the final 2.1 innings, allowing 2 runs, none of which were earned.

SDC travels to La Sierra University on Friday, February 17th for a double header.

Hawks Drop Road Contest

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 11th, 2012 [box score]
Fresno, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team fell on the road to Fresno Pacific University 79-70 Saturday night.

SDC falls to 6-15 overall and 2-12 in the GSAC. With the win, Fresno Pacific moves to 13-13 overall and 4-10 in the GSAC. The loss is SDC’s 11th by single digits, including 7 single digit losses in the GSAC.

“It is one of those years where you have to learn from close games,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “This is another learning experience. We have a high character team and a great coaching staff, so we continue to fight in every minute of every game.”

FPU jumped up early and held the lead the entire first half. SDC kept the lead close and tied the score at 20-20 at the 8:25 mark after a Keenan Patterson three pointer. FPU took the lead back and went into the locker room up 35-34.

SDC shot 13-22 (59.1%) from the field in the first half.

The second half saw four ties and eight lead changes. SDC took their first lead of the game on a Calvin Seaberry layup three minutes into the second half. The Hawks took their largest lead of the game when Johnny Del Bene drilled a three pointer to put SDC up 51-47 with 12:51 to play.

Both teams went back and forth, with neither team taking control. With the score 68-67, FPU went on an 11-3 run over the final 4:06 of the game to put the game away.

The Hawks shot 14-28 from the three point line for the game. FPU was 22-31 (including 19-25 in the second half) from the free throw line while SDC was 8-13.

SDC was led by Del Bene with 19 points. Patterson and Benji Arvizu had 12 points each.

“This conference is the best in the country and we are prepared for every battle,” lamented Cook. “This time of year it is about heart and effort.”

“Tonight, we just came up short on the road.”

SDC hosts Hope International University on Tuesday with a scheduled tip at 7:30pm.

Lady Hawks Set School Record for Wins in a Season

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 11th, 2012 [box score]
Fresno, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a balanced effort and strong defense down the stretch to win on the road at Fresno Pacific 68-64.

SDC moves to 18-8 overall and 7-7 in the GSAC. With the win, the Lady Hawks move into a three way tie for fourth place in the GSAC with Point Loma Nazarene and Biola. The win also sets the school record for wins in a season. The previous record was 17 by the 1999-2000 squad.

“The win is exciting and I am proud of the girls,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon about the record setting win. “We are looking forward to what the rest of the season brings.”

Both teams went back and forth early, with neither team able to stretch the lead out. The Lady Hawks took command with an 8-0 run to take a 25-17 lead with 5:17 left in the first half. FPU was able to cut into the lead, but a Brittany Daniel layup and free throw put SDC up 30-23 at intermission.

The second half saw a back and forth battle, as there were seven ties and ten lead changes. FPU came out of the locker room and promptly cut the SDC lead to 31-30 after a 7-1 run. Neither team was able to take command as the largest lead of the second half was 42-38 by the Sunbirds at the 11:17 mark.

FPU was able to take the lead 61-58 on a pair of free throws with 1:26 remaining in the game. SDC’s Jasmin Thomas then drove into the lane and was fouled while making the layup. Thomas then knocked down the free throw to tie the game at 61-61. After a missed three pointer by FPU, Daniel was fouled and made both free throws to push SDC in front 63-61.

After FPU tied the game up at 63-63, SDC’s Brittany Robinson was fouled and converted 1-2 free throws to put the Lady Hawks in front 64-63 with :06 left in the game. On the inbounds, Michelle Gonzalez stole the ball for the Lady Hawks and was fouled with :04 on the clock.

After the foul and as Gonzalez lined up for the free throw, SDC Coach Kelsey Dillon was called for a technical foul. FPU made both free throws to go in front 65-64. Gonzalez then lined up and calmly hit both free throws to send SDC back into the lead. On the ensuing inbound play, FPU was unable to inbound the ball within the allotted five seconds, and SDC forced a turnover. The Lady Hawks inbounded the ball to Hannah Miller, who made both free throws to put SDC in front 68-65. A last second shot by FPU’s Kayla Clement fell short as time expired.

The Lady Hawks were led by Daniel and Robinson with 14 points each, while Jermani Stewart added 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The Lady Hawks forced 21 turnovers, leading to 19 points.

“We have to keep improving,” added Dillon. “We still have things we need to work on, but we are learning how to win no matter what.” 

 The Lady Hawks continue their season, hosting Hope International on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to tip at 5:30pm. 

Hawks Drop Pair to CSU San Marcos

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By Brandon James

Fri., Feb 10th, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- In the battle of San Diego, it was a day of missed chances by the Hawks as they were taken advantage of by the Cal State San Marcos Cougars en route to a sweep. The Cougars had the Hawks’ hitters off balance all day as the Cougar staff allowed only six hits combined in both games, winning game one 12-2 and game two 6-2.

In game one, Lucas Whitmore, a Lakeside native, was on point with a lot of his pitches in and out of the zone. Whitmore continued to battle, but the Hawks were unable to produce any offense off of CSUSM pitcher James Dykstra.

Cougars got off to a quick start as Kyle Secciani led the game off with a double. The Cougars were able to drive in two runs in the first that would be a holding ground for the Cougars staff.

Dykstra gave up one run through five innings of work as Garrison McGlagan hit his fourth home run of the season over the right center field wall. The Cougars responded in the fifth, sending across four runs and adding five runs in the eighth. For the game, CSUSM scored 12 runs on 11 hits, four of those hits being extra base hits. Whitmore took the loss going seven innings, allowing five earned runs, striking out five, and issuing no walks.

In game two, Brock Heerdt stepped to the mound for the Hawks against opposing pitcher Darren Gay. It was a pitcher’s duel much of the game with each moment intensifying for both clubs.

Gay went five innings, striking out six, and limiting the Hawks to only three hits. Heerdt countered with 4.1 innings pitched, striking out four, and allowing five runs.

A big fifth inning doomed the Hawks, as the Cougars’ Trent Jemmet drilled a three run homerun in the fifth to give CSUSM a 5-0 lead.

Hawks had a chance in the 6th and 7th, but were unable to drive in runs and left four runners on base in the final two innings.

Alex Mann and Andy Salcido each drove in runs for the Hawks in game two as SDC scattered four hits.

SDC looks to turn things around as the Cougars return to SDCC to face Hawks in another double header on Saturday.

First pitch is set for 11am with Adair Robles on the mound for the Hawks.

Robles had a 3.61 last year in 60.0 innings and currently hold a 1.59 era for the Hawks in two appearances this season.

Lisama Named Head Volleyball Coach

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 7th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif. -- The Athletic Department of San Diego Christian College is pleased to announce the hiring of Rob Lisama as Head Volleyball Coach. Lisama comes to SDCC with an array of experience at the high school, college, and club levels.

“I am thankful to the Lord for bringing Rob to SDCC,” said Athletic Director Chris Bando. “His knowledge and passion for volleyball, combined with his mature spiritual leadership and philosophy of coaching, make for a great fit.“

Lisama has been part of the San Diego volleyball coaching community since 1989. Early in his coaching career, he coached high school volleyball in the South Bay and ran the volleyball youth programs for the City of Chula Vista. Lisama eventually moved to Southwestern College where he gained valuable college coaching experience.

From 1998 to 2009, Lisama coached at Coast Volleyball Club, located in Sorrento Valley. During his time at Coast Volleyball Club, Lisama coached 18’s, 17’s, 16’s, and 15’s. For the past two years, Lisama stepped away from coaching to help raise his two future volleyball stars. During that time, he served as a consultant to Sunset Volleyball Club located in Point Loma.

“As a graduate of SDCC, I am blessed to return and be part of a coaching staff that is shaping tomorrow’s leaders,” said Lisama. “I challenge my athletes in four ways: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By doing this, it builds a strong foundation for our players to transition from college to career. ”

Lisama is a graduate of SDCC, attaining his BS in Business Management. He also holds an MBA in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management.

This year, Lisama is celebrating his 14th wedding anniversary with his wife Diane. They have two volleyball stars named Lili (6) and Ella (3).

Lisama also attends Eastlake Church in Chula Vista, serving on their music ministry team as a drummer.

Hawks Roll to 88-73 Victory

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 7th, 2012 [box score]
Costa Mesa, Calif. -- In a game that was a must win for an outside shot at the GSAC playoffs, the San Diego Christian men’s basketball team used a big run to start the game, and a late 17-5 run to close the game out, capturing a 88-73 win over Vanguard University on Tuesday night.

The win moves SDC to 6-14 overall and 2-11 in the GSAC. Vanguard falls to 13-11 overall and 5-8 in the GSAC. The Hawks are now one game behind Hope International and Fresno Pacific for the final GSAC playoff spot. SDC travels to FPU on Saturday and hosts HIU on Tuesday.

The Hawks started quickly, outscoring VU 29-10 over the first ten minutes of the game. The Hawks maintained a double figure lead for much of the first half. The Lions were able to cut into the SDC lead, hitting a three pointer right before half to cut the Hawks’ lead to 37-30.

SDC preserved the lead early in the second half, and pushed the lead to double figures at 49-38 on consecutive buckets from Tim Sanders. The Hawks then went on a 12-4 run over a three minute stretch to take a commanding 61-44 lead with 11:46 left on the clock.

SDC maintained the double figure lead until the Lions made a final push with a 13-2 run to cut the Hawk lead to 71-68. On the ensuing possession, SDC’s Calvin Seaberry grabbed an offensive board and hit Benji Arvizu for a layup and Arvizu was fouled on the play. Arvizu made the free throw to spark a 17-5 run that would give SDC the win.

The Hawks had a well-rounded effort, with all five starters scoring in double figures. Raphael Rodriguez (pictured left) led SDC in scoring with a career high 19 points, including hitting 4-5 three points attempts. Sanders and Seaberry each had a double-double for SDC, with Sanders scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Seaberry scoring 12 points and hauling in 11 boards. Arvizu added 13 points and Johnny Del Bene had 12 points and 7 assists. Off the bench, Arash Riahi added 9 points in 12 minutes.

SDC shot a sizzling 61.4% from the field for the game and dominated the glass, out rebounding VU 43-26. In addition, the Hawks dominated the paint, outscoring the Lions 46-26 down low.

The Hawks travel to Fresno Pacific on Saturday for a scheduled 4:30pm tip.

Lady Hawks Can't Hold Off Lions

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CC_GSACTue., Feb 7th, 2012 [box score]
Costa Mesa, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team built a big first half lead but could not withstand a 48 point second half from #12 Vanguard University as the Lady Lions defeated the Lady Hawks 71-64.

SDC falls to 17-8 overall and 6-7 in the GSAC. With the loss, the Lady Hawks fall to fifth in the conference, tied with Biola. Vanguard remains second in the GSAC with a 10-3 conference mark and an overall record of 16-5.

SDC started the game scoring on their first six possessions, including a trifecta of three pointers, to take a 15-0 lead at the 16:04 mark. The Lady Hawks would continue to build the lead, reaching a 29-10 advantage with 7:57 left before halftime. VU would cut into the lead, using a 13-4 run to close the half and take the SDC lead down to 33-23 heading into the locker room.

Vanguard continued their run into the start of the second half, cutting the Lady Hawks lead to 33-30 just two minutes into the half. SDC would maintain a small advantage until a VU three pointer put the Lady Lions up 42-40 with 13:45 remaining in the game.

VU would use a 13-4 run to push the lead into double figures at 55-44 with 8:54 left in the game. The Lady Lions would keep the lead out of reach, pushing the advantage to 67-55 with 1:14 left in the game. SDC, showing great heart, used a pair of three pointers from Hannah Miller to cut the lead in half. After a stop, SDC’s Brittany Robinson grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled, making both free throws and making it a 67-63 game with :29 left. VU, however, was able to knock down free throws in the final seconds to hold onto the win.

SDC was led by Miller with 15 points. Brittany Daniel added 14 point and Jasmin Thomas had 12 points.

VU had a hot shooting second half (54.8%), including knocking down 6-11 three pointers.

The Lady Hawks continue play at Fresno Pacific on Saturday, February 11th.

Lady Hawks Upset #4 Warriors on Homecoming

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CC_GSACSat., Feb 4th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- In one of the biggest wins in San Diego Christian women’s basketball history, the Lady Hawks defeated #4 Westmont College 59-56, snapping the Warriors' 16-game winning streak and tying the school’s single season record for wins at 17.

“I am really proud of the way we played tonight,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. ”Westmont was 21-1 for good reason; they are very well coached and extremely talented.”

“However, we really stepped up defensively which is something that we have been working a lot on. We got the job done and we finished the game.”

The win was crucial as it kept SDC in a tie with Biola and Point Loma for the forth place spot in the GSAC.

The Lady Hawks are now 17-7 overall and 6-6 in the GSAC. Westmont falls to 21-2 overall and suffers their first GSAC loss, yet remains in first place with an 11-1 conference record.

The 17th win for SDC ties the school’s single season record for wins, set by the 99-00 team who finished 17-10.

The Lady Hawks fell behind quickly trailing 17-8 with just over eleven minutes to play in the first half. The Lady Warriors continued to build their lead, reaching double figures when Lisa Peterson drilled a jumper to push the lead up to 23-13 with 5:08 left in the first.

SDC responded with a 7-2 run to cut the Westmont lead to 25-20 heading into the locker room.

SDC’s leading scorer Brittany Daniel was in foul trouble early and only played nine minutes in the first half, scoring only two points.

The Lady Hawks received a great lift on the bench from freshman Melissa Beatty. Beatty scored six points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in the first half to lead SDC.

After an initial bucket to start the second half for the Lady Warriors, SDC went on a 13-1 run to take a 33-28 lead at the 15:22 mark. Westmont would respond, tying the game 37-37 with 12:24 left in the game.

Both teams would continue to go back and forth, with a total of six ties and five lead changes in the second half.

The Lady Hawks built a 54-49 lead until Westmont’s Katie Kittle had a layup and a three pointer on consecutive possession to tie the game with 1:53 left on the clock.

After a missed jumper by SDC, Westmont regained the lead on a pair of free throws. On the following possession, SDC’s Brittany Daniel, who had 17 second half points, was fouled and knocked down 1-2 free throws to cut the lead to 56-55 with only :56 left.

After exchanging possessions, Westmont called timeout near halfcourt with :33 on the clock. On the inbound, a cutting Westmont’s Tugce Canitez caught the pass and it was a little behind her. Canitez was unable to grab the ball cleanly and pinned it against her leg while in motion. The officials called a travel, giving the ball back to SDC. In frustration, Canitez slammed the ball down and it bounced into the crowd, forcing the officials to call a technical foul.

Daniel was tabbed to shoot the technical free throws and made both to give SDC a 57-56 lead. Westmont forced a stop on defense and called timeout to set up a play. The Lady Warriors went back to their leader, Canitez, who curled around the right elbow and drove to the hoop. SDC’s Juanita Lewis stepped in front of Canitez to draw the charge and give the ball back to SDC with :15 remaining in the game.

SDC got the ball to Daniel, who immediately was fouled. Daniel made both free throws to put SDC up 59-56.

After a Westmont timeout, the Lady Warriors inbounded the ball on their side of half court with :07 left. Westmont Aubrey Lincoln fired a three that bounced off the rim and out of bounds with :03 on the clock. SDC threw a long inbound pass to Daniel who brought the ball down as time expired.

SDC was led by Daniel with 19 points, including 17 in the second half. Jermani Stewart added 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Westmont’s Canitez had 18 points, while Peterson added 13 and Kittle had 11.

SDC’s schedule remains difficult, with six games remaining and all six teams vying for playoff positioning.

Dillon added, “While this is a great win, we have to enjoy it for the night and get focused on another top 25 team in Vanguard on Tuesday." 

 

SDC travels to Vanguard on Tuesday, February 7th with a scheduled 5:30pm tip.

Hawks Fall to #22 Westmont, 68-64

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Sat., Feb 4th, 2012 [Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team came back from 15 down in the second half, but was unable to overtake the #22 Westmont Warriors, falling 68-64 on Saturday night.

SDC falls to 5-14 overall and 1-11 in the GSAC. WC moves to 17-4 and 9-3.

Neither team started quickly, with SDC holding their largest lead of the at the 15:31 mark of the first half, 7-2. The Warriors went on an 11-3 run to take the lead and stretch their lead to 18-13 lead with just over nine minutes left in the first. Both teams went back and forth the rest of the half, and SDC went into the locker room down 27-22.

After an initial three pointer from SDC’s Raphael Rodriguez to start the second half, WC went on a 15-2 run over a five minute stretch to grab their largest lead of the game at 42-27. SDC showed the resilience of a Tim Cook coached team, and responded with 13-4 run to take the Warrior lead down to 46-40.

Westmont went on another run to push the lead back to double figures, and held a 57-48 lead with 4:00 on the clock. The Hawks then went on a 7-0 run capped off by three pointer from Arturo Prieto, to make it a 57-55 game with 2:05 left in the game.

WC responded with a bucket and knocked down free throws in the final minutes to take the game 68-64.

The Hawks were led by Rodriguez and Benji Arvizu with 10 points each. The Hawks made five more shots than the Warriors (26-21), but Westmont was 23-29 from the free throw line while SDC only shot six free throws, making two.

The Hawks shot 50% from the field for the game, including shooting 17-28 (60.7%) in the second half. The Hawks continue their season on Tuesday, February 7th at Vanguard.

Hawks Drop Pair

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Sat., Feb 5th, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball team dropped a pair of games to Patten University on Saturday, falling 5-4 and 8-2.

In game one, the Hawks struck first. After a scoreless two innings, the Hawks got on the board when Victor Martinez and Nick Bando had consecutive singles to start the bottom of the third. After a strikeout, SDC’s Garrison McLagan hammered a pitch over the right field wall for his third homerun of the season, putting SDC up 3-0.

Patten got on the board with a pair of runs in the 6th off of SDC starter Lucas Whitmore to cut the lead to 3-2. After SDC was held scoreless in the bottom of the 6th, Patten scored a pair of unearned runs off of reliever Jeremy Blare on two Hawk errors to take a 4-3 lead heading into the 8th.

SDC knotted the game back up when McLagan led the 8th off with a double and advanced to third on a deep flyball to right field from Jeff Lusardi. After a strikeout and pop up, McLagan scored a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4 moving to the 9th.

McLagan came into pitch in the 9th in relief of Blare. After an initial strikeout, Patten’s Don Hogan drilled a 1-0 fastball over the leftfield wall to give the Lions the lead.

SDC threatened in the bottom of the 9th, loading the bases with one out. The Lions, however, were able to get out of the jam with the win.

In game one, Bando was 3-4 to lead the Hawks. McLagan and Tyler Bailey were each 2-4.

Game two saw Patten take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd, when the Lions had three singles of SDC pitcher Dylan Jones.

SDC responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of third. With one out, Richard Aguirre singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Andy Salcido then singled up the middle to drive in Aguirre, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the inning, Nick Bando would drive in Salcido with a single.

Patten added four runs in the top of the 5th and three in the top of the 7th to take the game 8-2. SDC never threatened again and was limited to only three hits by Patten pitcher Tyler Provost.

With the losses, SDC falls to 3-5 overall.

The Hawks continue play on Friday, February 10 hosting Cal State San Marcos for a double header starting at 11:00am

McLagan's Homerun Completes Hawks' Comeback

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CC_GSACFri., Feb 3rd, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball team was on the verge of a sweep when an error, a hit batsman, and a three run homerun by Garrison McLagan (pictured left) in the bottom of the 6th inning shifted the game back to the Hawks in an 8-6 win in game two over Patten University on Friday afternoon.

Patten defeated SDC in game one 6-2 behind a stellar pitching performance from the Lions’ Issac Duran. Duran threw a complete game, striking out nine, scattering seven hits, and allowing only one earned run.

In game one, the Hawks struck in the first inning when Jeff Lusardi singled and was brought home by Nick Bando’s triple. The Hawks would not score again until the bottom of the eighth, when Richard Aguirre singled and eventually scored on a Victor Martinez double.

Adair Robles (1-1) suffered the loss in game one for the Hawks.

The Lions struck first in game two, scoring one run in the top of the first. SDC responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, when Robert Aguirre singled and Tyler Bailey was hit by a pitch. With two runners on and two outs, SDC’s Alex Mann drilled a double to the left center field wall to collect a pair of RBIs.

After Patten tied the game in the top of the third, the Hawks scored three in the bottom of the third. SDC pounded out four consecutive singles from Bando, Chris Pascual, McLagan, and Lusardi. Lusardi’s single collected two RBIs and put the Hawks up 5-2 at the end of the 3rd.

Patten chased SDC’s starter Brock Heerdt from the game in the top of the 4th, scoring three runs to tie the game back up. The Lions tacked on another run in the fifth while holding the Hawks scoreless until the bottom of the 6th.

With one out in the bottom of the 6th, Bando reached first on an error. The Hawks then used pinch runner Cedric Bogan to run for Bando. The next hitter Pascual was hit by the pitch, setting the plate for McLagan. McLagan drilled a 1-0 fast ball over the right field wall to give the Hawks the lead.

“In that situation, I really wanted to just stay calm,” said McLagan. “Being down one, late in the game, I was looking to drive in runs. After saying a prayer and the Lord helping me calm down. I took a first pitch breaking ball and was waiting for a fastball. Thankfully it was there and I got a good swing on it.” 


SDC’s Jeremy Blare worked around a leadoff double in the top of the 7th to collect his first win of the season.

“This win tonight was a good momentum builder for us,” added McLagan. “The first game we were unable to put much together. The second game, coming back after the loss give us a good confidence boost as we head into tomorrow.”

The Hawks move to 3-3 with the split and host Patten in a double header on Saturday, February 4th starting at 11:00am.

Daniel Named NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week

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CC_GSACWed., Feb 1st, 2012
Greenville, SC --For the second time this season, SDC’s Brittany Daniel has been named NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week for January 23-39 for her performance in wins over Biola University and The Master’s College. Daniel also won the award in November.

Daniel, junior guard for San Diego, averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.5 assists, and 1 block per game last week. In a 56-50 win over Biola, Daniel scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. In a 62-61 win over The Master's College (CA), Daniel scored 25 points and hauled in 5 rebounds.

For the season, Daniel is currently averaging 19.1 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game and is averaging 20.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg in against GSAC completion.

The Lady Hawks are currently 16-7 on the season, which marks the best start in program history.

For information on The NCCAA, visit thenccaa.org.
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