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Hawks Swept by Vanguard

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CC_GSACSat., Apr. 21st, 2012 [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College baseball team’s GSAC playoff hopes took a hit on Saturday, as the Hawks dropped a double header to Vanguard University. The Lions took game one 7-6 in 10 innings and outslugged SDCC in the nightcap, 15-7.

SDCC falls to 18-29 (10-18) while VU goes to 21-18 (11-16) with the wins. 

The Hawks still have a chance to make the GSAC playoffs, but SDCC will need to take care of business and need the cards to fall their way. The Hawks are currently tied with Westmont for seventh place while Vanguard sits 1 ½ games in front and Fresno Pacific is 2 games in front of both SDCC and Westmont. Vanguard and Westmont conclude GSAC play with a four game series with each other next week while FPU battles Concordia.

In game one, SDCC fell behind a run in the top of the second, only to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Tyler Bailey was hit by a pitch to lead the inning off for SDCC. Sean Sweeney then singled and Bailey advanced to third. After a groundout to the drawn-in infield, Bailey took advantage of a wild pitch to get SDCC on the board.

Vanguard responded with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to move ahead 5-1. After SDCC added a run in the bottom of the fifth on consectuve singles from Sweeney and Victor Martinez, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dawson Jones, Vanguard scored again in the top of the sixth to reclaim the four run lead at 6-2.

The SDCC half of the sixth inning started out with an out, but Nick Bando triggered the Hawks’ rally with a single. Chris Pascual then doubled to the right centerfield wall to drive in Cedric Bogan, the courtesy runner for Bando. Jesus Castellanos then struck out but reached on a wild pitch on strike three and Pascual advanced to third. Bailey then hit into a fielder’s choice, driving in Pascual. Next, Sweeney singled and Bailey advanced to second. With Victor Martinez batting, SDCC caught a break. Martinez hit a pop up into shallow left field. The Vanguard shortstop, David Kiriakos, lost the ball in the sun and it dropped in for a hit. Bailey and Sweeney were both running hard with two outs, and Bailey scored from second and Sweeney advanced to third. SDCC was unable to bring Sweeney home but had cut the Lion lead to 6-5 after six innings.

After a scoreless inning and a half SDCC struck again in the bottom of the eighth. Garrison McLagan singled to lead off the inning. Bailey then beat out a sacrifice bunt for a single. After a Sean Sweeney sacrifice to send McLagan to third and Bailey to second, Martinez was intentionally walked. Dawson Jones then grounded a ball up the middle which was stabbed by a diving second baseman. In an effort to get an out, the second basemen tossed the ball past the shortstop at second base and everyone was safe, tying the game at 6-6. SDCC was unable to convert and push another run across and the game remained tied until the top of the 10th.

The Lions pushed across a run across in the top of the 10th to take a 7-6 lead. SDCC went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th to end the game.

Sweeney and Bando each had three hits in game one for the Hawks. Pascual and Martinez had a pair of hits each.

Lucas Whitmore started the game for SDCC, and threw 7.0 innings, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits while striking out 5. Jeremy Blare (3-3) suffered the loss in relief.

Game two was not kind to SDCC, as VU rolled out seven runs on seven hits in the top of the first inning. While the Hawks tried to chip away at the lead, the Lions continued to score, adding runs in five of the first six innings en route to a 15-7 victory.

Bando led SDCC in game two, going 2-4 with 4 RBIs. Sweeney added a pair of hits in game two.

SDCC continues their season on Thursday, April 26th with a double header at Biola.


Hawks Baseball On Campus for 2012

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CC_GSACWed., Jan 25th, 2011 
El Cajon, Calif.--Since its inception in 2006, the home field for the San Diego Christian College baseball team has been off campus, providing for lengthy travel for practice and games while also providing a difficult commute for fans.

That is no longer the case as construction of a new dugout and clubhouse, and the addition of bullpens, have given the Hawks the opportunity to host games on campus and provides a great home field advantage.

“With the ability to host games on campus we have an ability to create unity, not only with the college students, faculty, and staff, but with the entire community on campus,“ said Third Year Head Coach Chris Bando. “It is an exciting time for us as a program to be on campus and to have more support at home. I think it will help build team spirit, camaraderie, and bring the campus together."

The Hawks are coming off of a season where they experienced injuries that depleted the pitching staff. Despite batting .279 as a team and averaging over five runs per game, they were hampered by an era of 7.54 and gave up 8.1 runs per game.

With a new season comes rested arms and SDC has an array of pitchers to rely on. The Hawks return Senior Adair Robles (RHP, Mexico City, Mexico), who led the team in all major pitching categories, including ERA (3.61), wins (2), and strikeouts (60). In addition, SDC returns Brock Heerdt (RHP, Sr. Santa Clarita, CA), who started six games and appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen.

The Hawks also added Lakeside native Lucas Whitmore (LHP), who transferred closer to home after playing one season for NAIA National Championship runner-up Lubbock Christian University. In 2011, Whitmore was 10-3 with a 3.48 era against one of the toughest NAIA schedules in the country. Whitmore also ranked 8th in the NAIA with 108 strikeouts in 101 innings.

Offensively, SDC returns two of their top three hitters from last season. Catcher/RHP Nick Bando (Jr. Santa Clarita, CA) led team in 2011, batting .397 in duties limited due to injuries. Also returning is Victor Martinez (Sr., Vista, CA) who was third on the team, batting .318 in 110 at bats.

In addition, the Hawks added two transfers from the University of Missouri, Jeff Lusardi (Jr., INF/OF, Kansas City, MO) and Garrison McClagan (Jr., LHP/1B, Columbia, MO), in addition to Oklahoma Baptist transfer Andy Salcido (Jr., OF, Baldwin Park, CA).

Bando looks to his upperclassmen to lead this year as the Hawks have a lot of experience to rely on, including 8 seniors and 18 juniors.

“Our upperclassmen lead not only by example, but by encouragement and being vocal on the field. We have strong captains and team leaders,” added Bando. “We look for our upperclassmen to be leaders not only on the field, but in the classroom and spiritually in their walk with Christ.”

Bando looks for the Hawks to continue to improve in his third season, adding, “The things that you control are the goals you set. The key is having an attitude that is positive and focused on every pitch of every inning of every game. If you make a commitment to the process of playing the game the right way, the results will take care of themselves.”

The Hawks start their season on Friday, January 27th , hosting a double header versus La Sierra University. First pitch is 11:00am.

MLB Great Brett Butler Speaks With Baseball Team

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lhWed., Oct. 5th, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. --Former LA Dodger and MLB great Brett Butler spent nearly two hours speaking with the San Diego Christian College baseball team on Wednesday, sharing stories and advice on faith, family, and the game of baseball.

Butler, known for is unbridled effort on the field, spoke of his drive to succeed in the game of baseball, even after being a reserve in high school and playing at a small college in Oklahoma. Butler proclaimed that the Lord gave him that desire and blessed him according to God's will. “Whatever God wants you to do, He will have you do,” said Butler. “As long as you are seeking to serve Him and are willing to be subject to His will. With that, I never left anything on the field because I played to honor the Lord with the gift he gave me.”

Butler spoke of his playing days, but also gave insight on battling cancer two different times in his life. “There were times when I questioned God about why he would give me cancer. But I had to realize that He promised me He would not give me something I could not handle. I had to accept that my life is in His hands.”

Butler left the team with some three main points: 1) Look at life through spiritual spectacles, 2) Citing Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord has great plans for you. "Seek Him and His will' added Butler, and 3) You are an example to someone. This could be good or bad. Remember that the most important thing in life is sharing Jesus.

Butler played on five different teams (Alanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Los Angelos Dodgers) in a career that spanned over 16 years. Butler had a career .290 batting average and collected 2,375 hits in addition to being selected as an All-Star in 1991 with the Los Angelos Dodgers. He is currently the manager for the Reno Aces, Triple A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Maddox With NAIA Scholar Athlete Honor

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tmaddoxThurs., Jun. 2, 2011
Lewiston, Idaho -- On Thursday, the NAIA has announced that 228 baseball student-athletes have been named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Amongst this year's honorees was the Hawks outfielder Taylor Maddox, a senior Business major and Biology minor from Valencia, California. Maddox was also honored with GSAC and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors this season.

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

For a complete listing of the 2011 NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes, click here.

Hawks Fall to NCAA Div I University of San Diego, 11-3

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Wed., May 11, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
San Diego, Calif. -- San Diego Christian College Hawks baseball team (8-40) wrapped up its 2011 schedule on Wednesday with a loss to NCAA Division I University of San Diego (19-27), 11-3. Starter Adair Robles pitched the first two innings and held the Toreros scoreless. In the top of the third, the Hawks took the lead on two out RBI singles by Trevor Bloom and David Kaczor, which scored Ryan Inverson (walk) and Victor Martinez (single). This early lead proved to be the only advantage for the Hawks on the afternoon.

In the bottom of the inning and in the fourth, USD accumulated seven runs to set up the win. The big hit was a three-run shot by Jon Hotta that gave the Toreros a 4-2 lead. Then, Kris Bryant hit his ninth home run of the year in the fourth for USD. The other offensive highlight for the Hawks was a seventh inning leadoff triple by first baseman Greg Joseph, who scored on a Victor Martinez RBI ground out. USD responded with their final four runs in the bottom of the inning with a mix of walks and singles.

USD’s Right-hander Trevor Bayless (1-0) picked up his first win of the year after working 3.0 innings of two-hit relief, while Nick Bando (1-4) took the loss for the Hawks. Martinez, Kaczor and Dominic Neocoechea each tallied two hits on the day.

Bloom and Maddox, GSAC Scholar Athletes

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Thurs., May 5, 2011
Azusa, Calif. -- The Golden State Athletic Conference released a listing of twenty-one Scholar-Athletes from the conferences 10 teams on Wednesday. Amongst the honorees were San Diego Christian's Taylor Maddox (Sr., OF) and Trevor Bloom who was also selected to the All-GSAC team earlier in the week. Maddox was also honored with NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors this season.

Student-Athlete's who's names appear on the GSAC Scholar-Athlete list are juniors or seniors who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average.

For a complete listing of the GSAC Baseball Scholar-Athletes, click here.

Hawks Close With FPU Split

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slidintohomeSat., Apr. 30, 2011 [1][2][Final Season Box]
Fresno, Calif. -- The Hawks (8-39, 6-30 GSAC) closed out the 2010-11 season with a split versus the NAIA No. 15 Fresno Pacific University (30-17, 23-13 GSAC) on Saturday winning the first game 7-5 and falling in the final game 8-2. With the game one win, SDC went 2-3 in the past week for the first time since early this season.

San Diego Christian gained their first lead in game one in the fifth inning, 4-3, cashing in on the innings two walks with a home run to left field from senior Dominic Neocoechea (3-3, 2 R, 4 RBI). The Hawks sixth would yield three runs as well, providing just enough padding for Joe Cuttone (5 R, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K) to pick up his first win of the season. Brock Heerdt also got the save on the outing, finding the final out in the ninth for SDC. Aaron Lynn took the loss for FPU, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits in his five and two-thirds innings.

After the nine hit first game, the Hawks struggled to get anything significant off of Ryan Castadio (6-3) who went a full 6 innings, letting SDC get only two runs off three hits.

Trevor Bloom and Ryan Inverso had the two RBI's, each going 1-3 in the second game. Marco Solis (2-4) had four innings of work in his final game, striking out two in the loss.

Hawks 2011 Highlights
Trevor Bloom, Senior, Infielder .340 AVG, 47 games, 188 AB, 64 hits, 13 2B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, .521 SLG%, .369 OBP

David Kaczor, Senior, 1B/Outfield .283 AVG, 46 games, 152 AB, 43 hits, 8 2B, 4 HR, 26 RBI, .414 SLG%

Gus Hernandez, Senior, Catcher .317 AVG, 36 games, 101 AB, 32 hits, 5 2B, 13 RBI, .405 OBP

Adair Robles, Junior, RHP 3.73 ERA, 2-4 Record, 11 starts, 60.1 IP, 57 SO, .246 B/Avg
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