Wed., Mar. 2, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
Lakeside, Calif. -- Crosstown rival No. 8 Point Loma Nazarene University (7-3, 2-1 GSAC) took the first of four on Wednesday afternoon 11-7, from San Diego Christian (2-7, 0-3 GSAC).
The Sea Lions got on the board in the second on Shain Stoner's first home run of the year. SDC had their chances in the first two innings, but both times lineout, unassisted double plays killed the Hawks momentum. Despite the drawbacks, they managed to squeeze a run in on a RBI single in the second from senior Mike Bando to tie the game.
Chris Gonzales, who recently threw a complete game against Biola, had thrown 77 pitches by the end of the third and walked four. Gonzales had walked only 6 in 16 innings before the matchup.
He got some help from the bats in the top of the 4th when Rashad Taylor knocked in 2 runs with a triple to deep left center.
Some solid pitching from Hawks starter Adair Robles kept SDC in the hunt long enough for the Hawks put another on the board in the fifth.
A big sixth and seventh for PLNU blew the game open with 6 runs making it 9-2. SDC would get 4 runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh and one in the eight, but Loma unleashed once again scoring 2 with two outs in the top of the 9th. By games end, five of the Hawks seven runs were unearned.
Robles (1-2) would get tagged with the loss in 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, walking one and striking out 6. He faced 27 batters, throwing 98 pitches. Loma's Brett Carlile pocketed the win throwing 3.2 innings with 5 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits. Maurice Wilhelm picked up his second save of the year, pitching the last 1.1 innings.
Trevor Bloom 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and a RBI, Victor Martinez was 2-for-2, with a RBI also scoring 2 runs, and Mike Bando was 2-for-4, with a RBI and a run.
Point Loma's Stoner went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. The Sea Lions other RBI leader was Rashad Taylor who was a homer shy of a cycle. He went 3-for-5 with a triple, double and single, two stolen bases and three RBIs.
Loma returns to Stars Field on Wednesday (Mar. 3) for a second game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00pm.