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Hawks Split Twinbill with #23 CSU San Marcos

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CC_GSACSat., Mar 31st, 2012 [Game One Box Score]  [Game Two Box Score]  
San Marcos, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball team salvaged a split with #23 Cal State San Marcos on Saturday. SDCC dropped the opener but got a complete game shutout from Lucas Whitmore in a 2-0 win in the nightcap.

SDCC moves to 17-22 overall and CSUSM goes to 21-13.

The Cougars took game one 15-0 behind an 18-hit performance. CSUSM grabbed the lead with 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

SDCC never got on track offensively, scattering only three hits for the game.

Adair Robles (4-5) was tagged with the loss. Robles gave up five runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work.

In game two, SDCC’s handed the ball to Whitmore (pictured left) who was in control the entire game.

SDCC scored the only runs of the game in the top of the fourth. Nick Bando walked to lead off the inning and Chris Pascual singled. After a pair of outs and a walk to Dawson Jones, Dylan Jones delivered a two out, two RBI single to centerfield.

The two runs were all that Whitmore (4-3) would need.

The senior from Lakeside scattered five hits, striking out six, and walking only two in the complete game win. Whitmore now has four complete games on the season in ten starts.

The Hawks had only four hits in game two. Pascual, Dylan Jones, Jeff Lusardi, and Sean Sweeney each had hits for the Hawks.

SDCC returns home to face #5 Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, April 7th for a double header. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00am.

Hawks Split with #23 CSU San Marcos

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CC_GSACTue., Mar 27th, 2012 [Game One Box Score]  [Game Two Box Score]  
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team split a double header from #23 Cal State San Marcos on Friday. The Hawks won game one 5-3 and dropped the nightcap 7-6.

SDCC moves to 16-21 overall and CSUSM goes to 20-12.

SDCC used solid pitching from starter Garrison McLagan in game one. McLagan collected his first win of the season, throwing six innings, scattering five hits, and allowing three runs while striking out six. Luis Rivas (pictured left) earned his first save of the season, throwing a nearly perfect three innings, allowing only one baserunner and striking out two.

SDCC grabbed the lead early, when Dawson Jones launched a solo homerun (his second of the season ) in the top of the third to put SDCC up 1-0. The Cougars took the lead in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs.

The Hawks recaptured the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Victor Martinez doubled to lead off the inning. After an out, Nick Bando doubled to drive in Martinez. Jesus Castellanos and Tyler Bailey had consecutive singles and Dawson Jones doubled to plate Bando and Castellanos and give SDCC the lead for good.

The Hawks added one more in the top of the ninth and captured game one 5-3.

Martinez was 4-5 to lead SDCC offensively. Bailey, Jones, and Bando had two hits each.

In game two, the Hawks grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Bailey walked to lead the game off. After an out, Martinez doubled to drive in Bailey and Bando promptly singled to bring home Martinez.

CSUSM scored a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the second off of SDCC starter Brock Heerdt.

The Hawks took a commanding lead in the top of the fifth. SDCC pounded out six hits in the inning, scoring four runs to move ahead 6-2.

The Cougars struck back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and held off SDCC in the top of the seventh to win game two 7-6.

Martinez was 2-4 in game two while Bando and Castellanos had a pair of RBIs each in game two.

SDCC travels to Cal State San Marcos for another double header on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00pm.

Hawks Roll to Win

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CC_GSACTue., Mar 27th, 2012 [Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team took advantage of the miscues of Bethesda University on Tuesday, scoring seven unearned runs en route to a 7-1 victory.

SDCC moves to 15-20 overall.

The Hawks took the lead in the bottom of the second, when Chris Pascual doubled off of the left field wall to lead off the ending. After two outs, Alex Mann reached on an error that moved Pascual to third. Robert Aguirre then reached on an overthrow up the first base line that scored Pascual from third and Mann from first.

SDCC scored one run in the fifth when Jeff Lusardi reached on an error and moved to second base, only to score when Victor Martinez’s grounder to first base was mishandled on the throw to the pitcher who was covering.

The Hawks added another run in the sixth when Mann reached on an error and was driven home on a Gary Foster (pictured left) triple.

The Hawks put up three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Lusardi doubled to lead the inning off and was replaced by Richard Aguirre to run at second base. After Martinez walked, Cedric Bogan entered to pinch run for Martinez. With Pascual batting, a pitch went in the dirt and scooted away from the catcher. Aguirre and Bogan took off, and the catcher gathered the ball and overthrew third, allowing Aguirre to score and Bogan to take third. Pascual then grounded out to drive in Bogan. The Hawks final run came with Dawson Jones scoring when Robert Aguirre’s grounder was mishandled by the second baseman.

SDCC’s Calvin Chambers improved to 1-1 on the season, throwing seven innings and allowing only five hits while striking out five.

SDCC was led by Foster’s 2-4 afternoon with one RBI. Mann was 1-3 with a pair of runs scored.

SDCC travels to Cal State San Marcos for doubled headers on Friday and Saturday. First pitch on both days is scheduled for 12:00pm.

Robles Named GSAC Pitcher of the Week

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CC_GSACMon., Mar. 26th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif.--SDCC’s Adair Robles (pictured left) has been named GSAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 25th for his performance against #17 Fresno Pacific.

Robles, a senior from Mexico City, threw 8 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Sunbirds on March 24th. Robles surrendered just 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 batters in the victory. Robles, now 4-4 on the season, has struck out 52 hitters in 57.1 innings this season and holds a 2.83 ERA.

Robles is the first SDCC baseball player ever to be named GSAC pitcher of the week.

The Hawks are 14-20 overall and 9-11 in the GSAC.

For information on The Golden State Athletic Conference, visit gsacsports.org.

Hawks Split Season Series with Sunbirds

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CC_GSACSat., Mar 10th, 2012 [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
Fresno, Calif. --Runs were at a premium on Saturday, as the San Diego Christian College baseball team split a doubleheader with the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds. SDCC won game one 3-0 behind a stellar pitching performance by Adair Robles while dropping game two 3-1.

SDCC moves to 14-20 (9-11) while FPU goes to 17-14 (8-10) with the split. 

The Hawks took a quick lead in the first game, scoring a pair of runs in the first. After a leadoff out, Jeff Lusardi singled. Victor Martinez and Jesus Castellanos were hit by pitches in consecutive at bats to load the bases. After a strikeout, Chris Pascual singled to right on an 0-2 pitch to plate Lusardi and Martinez.

The two runs would be all that Robles (4-4) would need.

The senior from Mexico City found his groove early, collecting strikeouts in each of the first three innings. Robles(pictured left) kept Sunbird hitters off balance all day, as FPU did not have a runner reach third base in game one.

SDCC tacked on another run in the top of the ninth on a Tyler Bailey single that brought home Nick Bando.

Robles threw 8.0 shutout innings, scattering only three hits, striking out six and walking three. Robles day was punctuated by striking out the final two batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth.

Hawks’ closer Jeremy Blare retired FPU in the ninth to collect his third save of the season.

In game one, Chris Pascual led SDCC, going 2-3 with 2 RBIs.

In game two, SDCC struck again first when Sean Sweeney singled home Bailey in the top of the second to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

FPU did all there damage in the bottom of the fourth with three runs off of SDCC starter Brock Heerdt.

The Hawks were stymied by FPU pitcher Chris Herrera. The Hawks’ bats were going early, with SDCC collecting seven hits in the first three innings. Herrera settled in, however, and the Hawks did not have a hit, and only one baserunner, after the fourth inning.

Heerdt (2-2) suffered the loss for SDCC. Heerdt threw 3.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. Luis Rivas threw 3.0 scoreless innings in relief and Garrison McLagan threw 1.2 innings to close the game out.

SDCC continues their season on Tuesday, March 27th with a home game against Bethesda University at 3:00pm.

 

Photo Courtesy of Luke Spoelstra 

Hawks, Sunbirds Split Double Dip

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CC_GSACThu., Mar 22nd, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball overcame an 8-3 deficit by exploding for 8 runs in a two inning stretch to capture game one, 11-8 over the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds on Thursday afternoon. FPU took the night cap 5-1 for the doubleheader split.

SDCC is now 13-19 overall and 8-10 in the GSAC. FPU is 16-13 overall and 7-9 in the GSAC.

After FPU scored first in the top of the second, SDCC responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Pascual (pictured left) singled to lead off the inning for SDCC. After a strikeout, Alex Mann singled and Pascual moved to second. After another out, Jeff Lusardi drew a walk and Sean Sweeney tapped a soft groundball to the shortstop, who was unable to complete the throw and pulled the first basemen off the bag. Victor Martinez capped off the SDCC scoring when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

FPU tied the game up in the top of the third, but SDCC responded when Nick Bando walked to lead off the inning. Pascual then doubled to drive in courtesy runner Cedric Bogan from first to put SDCC back in front 3-2.

After neither team scored in the fourth, FPU chased SDCC starter Lucas Whitmore from the game with a six hit, five run fifth inning to take a commanding 7-3 lead. The Sunbirds tacked on another run in the sixth to push the advantage to 8-3.

The Hawks then took control of the game in the bottom of the sixth by taking advantage of FPU miscues.

After an initial out in the inning, Robert Aguirre walked. After another out, Sweeney drew a walk and Martinez hammered a 1-0 fastball to the right centerfield wall for a triple to clear the bases. Jesus Castellanos then drew a walk to chase FPU starting pitcher Matt Mazzoni from the game. After the new pitcher came in, Bando had an infield single to drive in Martinez to set the plate for Pascual. On an 0-1 breaking ball, Pascual smashed a homerun over the left field wall to put SDCC in front 9-8.

The Hawks added two more runs in the seventh, when Lusardi doubled to deep centerfield. Josh Fernandez came into run for Lusardi, and was brought home on a Sweeney single. Sweeney then scored on an error by the right fielder on a ball hit by Martinez.

Luis Rivas (2-0) came in to pitch in relief of Whitmore, throwing 3.1 innings and allowing one run on one hit.

Jeremy Blare threw a perfect ninth to collect his second save of the season.

SDCC pounded out 11 hits, led by Pascual’s 3-4 game. Pascual added 4 RBIs and scored 2 runs. Martinez was 2-3 with 3 RBIs while Mann and Lusardi added two hits each.

In game two, FPU pitcher Derek Benny shut down the SDCC offense. The Hawks only managed three hits in the 5-1 loss. Martinez had an RBI triple in the sixth to drive in Lusardi, who had walked.

SDCC’s Calvin Chambers (0-1) suffered the loss. Chambers allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, striking out 7 over 5.1 innings of work.

SDCC travels to Fresno to play the Sunbirds in a double header for the final time before FPU moves to NCAA Division II next season. First pitch is scheduled to 11:00am.

 

Photo courtesy of Luke Spoelstra  

Daniel Named NAIA All-American Honorable Mention

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CC_GSACThu., Mar. 21st, 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 NAIA All-American Honorable Mention team on Wednesday 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 20-11 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.”

“Brittany has set the platform for herself next season, and when we make the national tournament, she will earn recognition on the All-American team for sure.”

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

Season Recap: Women's Basketball

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CC_GSACFri., Mar 9th, 2012 
El Cajon, Calif. --For the first time since 99-00, the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team made a run to the GSAC playoffs. Despite a loss in the first round, the Lady Hawks’ season was memorable and record setting, as SDCC set a school record for wins in a season (20) and wins in the GSAC (9).

“Winning 20 games was amazing. I still don't think I've really come to terms with the fact we were 20-11,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “That is a win total that all the top teams in the GSAC strive for every year and we accomplished it after an 8-20 season (in 2010-2011). It was a very successful year for us and we are excited to improve on it next year.”

The season saw its ups and downs, with a perfect run through the non-conference portion of the schedule after dropping the season opener to La Sierra University where the Lady Hawks ended the game with only four players on the court due to injuries. The Lady Hawks went on to win 13 of the next 14 games leading into the New Year and the GSAC portion of the season.

The Lady Hawks’ season was highlighted by a thrilling 59-56 victory over GSAC champion and then #4 ranked Westmont on homecoming back on February 4th.

Coach Dillon is tasked with replacing four seniors (Brittany Robinson, Jasmin Thomas, Michelle Gonzalez, and Juanita Lewis). Robinson, the leading scorer from a year ago, was second on the 11-12 team with 12.5 points per game.

“I am very grateful for our seniors and what they did for our program. They have helped us set a new bar in the women's program and will be missed, “ said Dillon. “That said, we had a very unpredictable year with injuries and ineligible players, which left a ton of talent on our bench. We have players that can step right into the roles that our seniors played and help push the program to the next level.”

SDCC was led by Junior Brittany Daniel. Daniel, a San Diego native and transfer from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, averaged 18.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Daniel’s 18.6 ppg ranked her tenth in the nation in points per game and fourth in the GSAC in that same category. Daniel was named to the All-GSAC team at the conclusion of the regular season and was named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

Dillon looks to build on the success and garner more respect next season.

“I think that I have gained some respect from most of the GSAC coaches, especially those who know what a difficult situation we have to work through here. But I don't think that the expectation level for my team has necessarily risen according to those other coaches. I think we need to prove ourselves another year before we start getting resect at the national level and expect to finish at the top in the GSAC.”

“For me, however, my expectations have grown tremendously. Even though we had a great year, it could have been so much better and we could of been at the national tournament if we would have won our last games against Biola.”

Dillon continued, “So we are right there and very easily could have accomplished more milestones. I have no intentions of doing any less next year and hopefully since we've experienced the playoffs now, we can take care of business.”

As SDCC looks to build off of a record setting season, Dillon knows that there was unfinished business in the GSAC tournament.

“Our culture within our team has definitely shifted and the girls expect as much of themselves as I do. We are not worn out, frustrated and tired of basketball like we usually are at the end of the season. Winning changes a lot of things. Because of that, we are ready to get down to business right away.”

“Preparations and focus for next season has already begun and we know what it's going to take to get there too. The girls are pumped and ready for the challenge.”

Hawks Rally to Split Doubleheader, Take Season Series from Westmont

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CC_GSACFri., Mar 16th, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
Santa Barbara, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College Hawks rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh inning of game two to take an 8-7 victory and salvage a double header split with the Westmont Warriors after dropping game one. SDCC won the season series after sweeping two games at home against WC last week.

The Hawks move to 12-18 (7-9 in GSAC) with the victory. The Warriors fall to 14-15-1 (7-9 in GSAC) with the loss.

Westmont came out swinging in game one, pounding out 17 hits en route to a 14-0 win. SDCC only managed three hits in game one.

Game two looked to be headed the way of game one, as WC jumped on SDCC pitcher Brock Heerdt for three runs in the first inning to grab a quick 3-0 lead.

The Hawks responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second, when Nick Bando (pictured left) singled to lead off the inning. Jesus Castellanos then sacrificed Cedric Bogan (courtesy running for Bando) to second base. Chris Pascual singled to advance Bogan to third and Garrison McLagan singled to drive in Bogan and advance Pascual to third. Luis Rivas plated Bogan on a sacrifice fly to cut the WC lead to 3-2.

After WC scored another run in the bottom of the second, SDCC tied the score in the fourth. Jeff Lusardi and Victor Martinez hit back to back singles to lead off the inning. Bando then reached on an error by the shortstop to load the bases. Castellanos singled to drive in Lusardi, and McLagan drove in Martinez with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the third.

The Warriors took the lead again with another run in the bottom of the third to move ahead 5-4.

The Hawks came back yet again in the top of the fourth, when Tyler Bailey doubled to lead off the inning. Sean Sweeney then moved Bailey over to third with a groundout to second base, and Lusardi drove Bailey in with a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at 5-5.

WC scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth to move ahead 7-5 and the Warriors held that lead heading into the top of the seventh.

Down to their final three outs, SDCC rallied to capture the lead. After an initial out in the top of the seventh, Martinez and Bando singled. Castellanos then hammered a 1-1 pitch down the leftfield line to score both Martinez and Bando to tie the game at 7-7. Pascual then singled to advance Castellanos to third. After McLagan drew a walk to load the bases, Luis Rivas hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Castellanos to give SDCC an 8-7 lead.

SDCC’s Lucas Whitmore came in to close out the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Jeremy Blare collected the win in relief of Heerdt. Blare (3-1) threw 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out four and scattering three hits. Whitmore earned his first save of the season.

The Hawks pounded 13 hits in game two, led by Bando’s 3-4 game. Castellanos was 2-3 with 3 RBIs, Martinez was 2-4 with 2 runs, and Pascual was 2-4.

The Hawks continue GSAC play with a four game series against Fresno Pacific. The Sunbirds visit SDCC on Thursday, March 22nd for a doubleheader starting at 12:00pm.

Hawks Rally to Defeat Westmont

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CC_GSACFri., Mar 16th, 2012 [Box Score
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College Hawks saw a lead slip away in the top of the eighth, only to rally with a four run bottom of the eighth to take a 9-6 victory over the Westmont Warriors on Friday afternoon.

The Hawks move to 11-17 (6-8 in GSAC) with the victory. The Warriors fall to 13-14-1 (6-8 in GSAC) with the loss. 

The Hawks captured a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, when Victor Martinez was hit by a pitch and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Jesus Castellanos promptly singled to left field to drive in Martinez to give SDCC the lead.

Westmont tied the game in the top of the fifth when an error allowed the Warriors to score an unearned run off of SDCC starting pitcher Adair Robles.

The Hawks responded with a solo homerun from Chris Pascual (pictured left) in the bottom of the fifth to recapture the lead 2-1.

SDCC added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, when Martinez and Jeff Lusardi drilled back-to-back homeruns over the right field wall on consecutive pitches to push the SDCC advantage to 4-1.

SDCC took the 4-1 lead into the eighth, where the Westmont bats came alive. The Warriors tagged SDCC’s go-to reliever Jeremy Blare for five runs to take a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.

SDCC, however, refused to go away. With one out, Lusardi drew a walk and Dylan Jones pinch ran for Lusardi. Jones stole second base and Castellanos walked. Following by a strikeout, Pascual then singled off the third baseman’s glove to load the bases. Garrison McLagan drew a walk to tie the game, and Dawson Jones delivered a two RBI single to drive in Castellanos and Pascual. Alex Mann finished off the SDCC scoring with an RBI single to plate McLagan and give the Hawks a 9-6 lead.

Luis Rivas (1-0), who came into pitch with two outs in the eighth, finished off the Warriors in the top of the ninth to earn his first win of the season.

Pascual led the Hawks, going 3-4 with three runs and one RBI. Mann was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Pascual, Martinez, and Lusardi each had solo homeruns for SDCC.

Robles threw well, going 6.2 innings, allowing only three hits, giving up one run (none earned), and striking out three.

SDCC finishes off the four game series with the Warriors on Tuesday, March 20th, starting at noon. The doubleheader, originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponed due to the impending rain.

Hawks Timely Hitting, Whitmore's Pitching Lead SDCC over Westmont

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By Brandon James CC_GSAC

Thu., Mar 15th, 2012 [Box Score
El Cajon, Calif. -- On a beautiful day in San Diego, The San Diego Christian Hawks played a solid nine innings of baseball to take down the visiting Westmont Warriors 6-1 behind the pitcher Lucas Whitmore who had determination in his eyes from the first pitch of the game.

The Warriors fell to 13-13-1 (6-6 in GSAC) with the loss. The Hawks move to 10-17 (5-8 in GSAC) with the victory. 


The Hawks started out the game with Whitmore (pictured left) striking out one batter in each of the first four innings. The Warriors sprayed a few balls through the infield but never really got a good piece of the crafty lefty.

The Hawks struck first with a single from Jesus Castellanos and Nick Bando reaching on an error, putting runners on the corners for Chris Pascual. Pascual drove a single through the left side and the Hawks started to soar from there. Garisson McLagan, Dawson Jones, and Sean Sweeney each had RBIs for the Hawks in the second inning. SDCC had a four run second inning and it was enough cushion for Whitmore to take command and show every pitch he had in his arsenal.

In the fourth inning, a two out double off the bat of Castellanos gave Bando a chance to drive in one of his two RBIs on the day with a single to left.

In the fifth inning, the Warriors scored their lone run off the bat of Tim Leery on a single through the left side driving in fellow warrior David Pennington. WC had runners on thoughout the game, but Whitmore repeatedly pitched out of any jam as the Warriors left nine runners on base during the nine inning battle.

The Warriors threatened the Hawks in the 7th with 2 runners on and one out when Head Coach Chris Bando made the call to the bullpen for the Hawks Closer Jeremy Blare. Blare came in and didn't disappoint, inducing a ground ball double play which it seems he had done for the Hawks this season countless times.

Sean Sweeney led SDCC, going 3-5 with an RBI. Garrison McGlagan, Victor Martinez, Bando, and Castellanos all had two hits for the Hawks as they racked up 13 hits as a team.

Whitmore goes to 3-3 on the season with 7.1 innings of work and seven strike outs on day.

SDCC sends Adair Robles on the hill tomorrow for a 12:00pm rematch in game two of the four game series. Robles pitched the Hawks to victory the last time he met with the Warriors in April 2011, with a 12-2 SDCC victory and Robles going 6 innings, with 8 strikeouts, and only allowing 1 run.

Hawks Split with Mustangs

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CC_GSACSat., Mar 10th, 2012 [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
Santa Clarita, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team’s bats came alive late in game one of a double header split against The Master’s College on Saturday. The Hawks rolled out four runs in the sixth and four in the seventh en route to a 9-4 win. SDCC dropped game two 11-1.

SDCC moves to to 9-17 (4-8) while TMC goes to 20-6 (9-3) with the split.

The Hawks got on the board in the bottom of the first, when Sean Sweeney drew a walk and stole second base. After Jeff Lusardi moved him to third on a groundout, Victor Martinez singled up the middle to drive in Sweeney.

TMC was able to get a run in the top of the second and three runs in the top of the fourth on a three run homerun from Bryan Lucas.

With the Mustangs leading 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Martinez struck out and reached first on a wild pitch. After a walk to Garrison McLagan, Nick Bando grounded into a fielder’s choice, putting runners on the corners with one out. Jesus Castellanos then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to send Martinez home.

Alex Mann was then hit by the pitch, moving Bando to second base. Pinch hitter Chris Pascual and Dylan Jones hit back to back singles to drive in Bando and Mann. After a wild pitch, Sweeney singled to drive in Pascual and Jones was gunned down at the plate to end the inning. Before the dust had settled, SDCC had plated four runs and claimed a 5-4 lead.

The scoring was not done there for SDCC. In the bottom of the seventh, Lusardi singled to lead off and was replaced on the base paths by Tyler Bailey. Martinez then nailed an 0-2 fastball to the left centerfield wall to drive in the speedy Bailey. After an out, Bando doubled to pick up Martinez. Castellanos then moved Bando to third on a groundball to second base and Mann was hit by the pitch. Robert Aguirre followed up with a singled down the left field line, driving in Bando. To cap off the SDCC scoring, Jones singled to left field to score Mann, giving the Hawks a 9-4 lead.

The runs would be more than enough for the Hawks pitching staff, as Adair Robles (pictured left) threw seven innings, striking out eight, and scattering seven hits. Robles (3-4) did not walk anyone.

The Hawks were able to tag TMC starter Charlie Gillies with five earned runs over six innings of work. Gillies came into the game with a 0.96 ERA in seven starts on the season, including three complete games.

SDCC pounded out 13 hits in game one, led by a 3-4 game from Jones. Sweeney, Martinez, and Bando had two hits each.

In game two, TMC jumped on the Hawks with five unearned runs in the second inning. Three walks, a hit batsman, and an error really hurt the Hawks as the Mustangs were able to score five runs on only two hits.

SDCC got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, when Jones singled and scored on a Sweeney double.

TMC finally got to SDCC relief pitcher Calvin Chambers in the ninth inning, after Chambers relieved starter Nick Bando in the second inning. Chambers threw 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit until the Mustangs exploded for six runs on six hits in the top of the ninth to grab the 11-1 victory.

Sweeney was 3-5 in game two, with the team’s lone RBI. Bando and Castellanos had two hits each.

SDCC hosts Westmont College on Thursday, March 15th. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00pm.

Season Recap: Men's Basketball

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CC_GSACFri., Mar 9th, 2012 
El Cajon, Calif. --One could say that the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team’s upset of the GSAC champion, #4 rated Concordia Eagles on senior night was both a culmination and new beginning for the Hawks. The win wrapped up the first season of the Tim Cook era in grand style, but also built excitement and momentum moving into next season. The win was a conclusion to a season where Cook saw his squad drop 10 games by single digits, including seven in conference.

“The way the season ended with us beating the fourth ranked team in the country was a combination of a team that competed all season and learned how to win as the year progressed,” said Cook. “We needed to change the culture from one that accepted losing into one that was built on a foundation of winning.”

“I implemented a mentality that every day we fight for our program and play for God not ourselves. We proved that San Diego Christian is going to have a character driven, spiritual growing, and successful men’s basketball team.”

The Hawks’ season included five games against NCAA opponents, including Cal State Northridge, University of San Diego, UC Irvine, Grand Canyon University, San Diego State University, and nearly upsetting PAC 12 newcomer Utah 58-55 on November 14th.

Cook relishes the opportunity, stating, “Scheduling for everyone in basketball has always been very fickle. Some coaches like to play all cupcake games. Others, like me, embrace the rigors of a D1 schedule. Not only do the kids get to play at that level, but they exploit your weaknesses.”

“It's a great way to recruit and compete at a high level. It may be the single greatest way to get your program’s name out. When you are on the ESPN ticker 7-8 times a season and lose to a PAC 12 team like Utah 58-55, there are nothing but positives.“

The Hawks nine wins are the second most in a season since winning the GSAC title in 07-08. In addition, the five conference wins equal the best GSAC record since that conference championship year. The Hawks also qualified for the NCCAA West Regional and claimed the #3 seed in the West, but opted before the season to not participate in the NCCAA postseason.

Cook looks to build off of the success this season, despite losing seven seniors, including leading scorers Benji Arvizu (10.7 ppg), Johnny Del Bene (10.3 ppg), and Tim Sanders (8.7 ppg). Also, Del Bene was second in the nation in assist to turnover ratio from the point guard position.

“I am really excited to move forward with the recruiting process of 2012,” expressed Cook. “I have to replace seven seniors, who I absolutely loved. Right now, we are thriving as we signed our first five recruits early.”

“In addition, we have three very nice redshirts who will contribute right away at point guard, post, and wing. Next year gives me the opportunity to have every student-athlete be one of my recruits. That's very important when you have a system and you recruit players to that system.”

SDCC basketball looks to bring back the tradition of winning that has been absent in recent seasons. Cook feels that this was the start, stating, “We are building off of a very successful first season and I look forward to the challenges of molding and shaping this program into something that administration and fans can be proud of.”

“As our president and athletic director always say, ‘character is a bi-product of winning.’ We feel like that's our slogan as we move forward.”

Volleyball Tryout

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bball Fri., Mar. 9th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s volleyball program has announced an open tryout on Saturday March 31st, from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

First year Head Coach Rob Lisama is in the process of recruiting, and this opportunity is opened to interested student-athletes.

If interested, please email Head Coach Rob Lisama here to register.

Mustangs Take Two from Hawks

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CC_GSACThu., Mar 8th, 2012 [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
Santa Clarita, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team could not complete a comeback against The Master’s College Thursday afternoon. SDCC battled from four runs down in game two to tie the game at 4-4, only to see the Mustangs score in the bottom of the ninth to capture the game 5-4. TMC also won game one 9-2.

SDCC falls to 8-16 (3-7) while TMC  goes to 19-5 (8-2) with the sweep.

SDCC struggled offensively in game one. After a Jeff Lusardi single in the first, the Hawks did not have a base runner again until the sixth when Sean Sweeney doubled, a span of 13 hitters. TMC’s starting pitcher AJ Work limited the Hawks to only those two hits in seven innings of work.

SDCC’s Lucas Whitmore (2-3) gave up two runs in the first, two runs in the fourth, and three runs in the sixth to take the loss.

The Hawks did get on the board in the ninth, when Sweeney and Lusardi singled. Sweeney scored on an error and Cedric Bogan (running for Lusardi), scored on a Garrison McLagan single.

Sweeney and Lusardi were both 2-4 in game one.

Game two saw SDCC fall behind 4-0 after allowing two runs in the first and two runs in the third.

The Hawks’ bats came alive in the sixth. Tyler Bailey doubled to lead off the inning and Lusardi singled, advancing Bailey to third. Jesus Castellanos then singled to drive in Bailey. Victor Martinez (pictured left) then cleared the bases with a three run homerun over the right field wall to tie the game at 4-4.

SDCC had base runners in the seventh and ninth, but were unable to scratch across a run.

TMC ended the game in the bottom of the ninth, when Tanner Leighton tripled to deep left and scored when the throw from the cutoff man deflected off Leighton sliding into third, and went into the dugout.

Jeremy Blare (2-1) suffered the loss in relief of starter Garrison McLagan.

The Hawks outhit the Mustangs 13-7, including a 3-4 game from Lusardi. Martinez, Alex Mann, and Gary Foster had two hits each for SDCC.

SDCC hosts TMC on Saturday, March 10th. First pitch is scheduled for 10:00am.

Hawks and Sea Lions Split Season Series

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CC_GSACSat., Mar 3rd, 2012 [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
San Diego Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team shook off a 10-0 game one loss to take the night cap 7-4 from Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday. The Hawks and Sea Lions split their season series 2-2.

SDCC moves to 8-14 (3-5) while PLNU goes to 10-11 (3-5) with the split. The eight wins for SDCC matches last season’s win total.

Game one was not kind to the Hawks, as starting pitcher Adair Robles (2-4) continued to struggle with blister problems and was knocked out of the game after three innings of work, surrendering seven runs. SDCC’s offense never got on track, as Alex Mann and Tyler Bailey recorded the Hawks only two hits in the game.

“It was a tough loss the first game,” said Sweeney. “We didn’t play as well as we should have but it shows a lot to be able to bounce back and take game two.”

In the night cap, the Sea Lions jumped on the board in the bottom of the first, when starting pitcher Brock Heerdt (pictured left) gave up a single and double as PLNU went up 1-0.

SDCC took the lead in the top of the fifth, when Mann walked and scored on a base hit from Robert Aguirre. After an error allowed Robert Aguirre to take second base, brother Richard Aguirre moved Robert over with a sacrifice bunt. Sean Sweeney then drove Aguirre in on a sacrifice fly to put SDCC up 2-1. Heerdt had found his groove and held the Sea Lions scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. PLNU answered SDCC’s scoring with one run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the sixth.

In the top of the sixth, SDCC exploded with five runs to take a commanding lead. After an initial out, Garrison McLagan and Nick Bando drew back to back walks. Luis Rivas then doubled to drive in McLagan, followed by singles from Mann and Robert Aguirre to score Bando and Rivas. After a second out, Sweeney doubled to bring in Mann and Aguirre and SDCC had claimed a 7-2 lead.

“My approach, when I step into the box, is to think up the middle and hit what the pitcher is giving me,” said Sweeney of his double. “I wanted to be aggressive and got a pitch to drive.”

PLNU pushed across single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but never threatened the lead and SDCC captured the 7-4 win.

Sweeney was 2-4 with 3 RBIs in game two, while Robert Aguirre was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Heerdt (2-1) was on target, throwing eight innings and scattering nine hits while allowing three runs. Heerdt also struck out three and only walked one.

The split keeps SDCC in the middle of the pack in the GSAC standings.

“There are things we need to fine tune, but I think we are coming together well as a team,” added Sweeney. “We are doing it for each other and ultimately for God.”

SDCC heads to The Master’s College on Thursday, March 8th for a double header against the Mustangs. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00am.

Hawks Split with Point Loma Nazarene

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CC_GSACWed., Feb 29th, 2012
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team split a double header with the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions on Friday, taking game one 7-5 and dropping game two 13-4.

SDCC moves to 7-13 (2-4) while PLNU goes to 9-10 (2-4) with the split.

Lucas Whitmore (2-2) pitched the Hawks to victory in game one, throwing his third complete game of the season. Whitmore allowed five runs, scattering eleven hits and striking out four.

The Sea Lions captured a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third, but Whitmore shut down the PLNU attack the rest of the game.

SDCC chipped away at the PLNU lead with single runs in the second through fifth innings. In the second inning, the Hawks manufactured a run when Alex Mann struck out but advanced to first on a wild pitch. Mann then advanced to second on another wild pitch. Robert Aguirre then doubled to drive in Mann. Sean Sweeney then drilled solo homerun over the left field wall in the third. In the fourth, Mann singled and scored on a Luis Rivas double. In the fifth, Nick Bando hit an opposite field homerun to tie the game at 4-4. Finally, Rivas doubled and was driven in on a Victor Martinez single in the seventh to give SDCC the 5-4 lead.

The Hawks picked up some insurance in the bottom of the eighth. Jeff Lusardi singled with one out and SDCC inserted Cedric Bogan as a pinch runner. Dylan Jones then doubled and Bogan advanced to third. After a strikeout and an intentional walk to Bando, Chris Pascual delivered a two RBI single to push SDCC in front 7-4.

PLNU’s Brian Burkhead hit a one out solo homerun in the top of the ninth, but Whitmore retired the next two Sea Lions to end the game.

SDCC pounded out 15 hits, as Lusardi, Martinez, Bando, Mann, and Rivas had two hits each.

In game two, PLNU took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but SDCC responded with a run in the second and third innings. In the second, courtesy runner Tyler Bailey scored on an RBI single from Pascual and in the third, pinch runner KC Lee scored on an RBI single from Bando.

PLNU scored in each of the next three innings to blow the game open and take the game 13-4.

Lusardi, Pascual, and Jones each had two hits for SDCC in game two.

SDCC heads to Point Loma on Saturday for a double header against the Sea Lions. First pitch is scheduled for 10:00am.
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