Sat., 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.