Sat., Mar. 12, 2011 [Season Box]
Lakeside, Calif. -- The Hawks (4-13, 2-8 GSAC) dropped both games on Saturday, 8-7 and 5-4 to the Vanguard University (12-10, 8-4 GSAC) Lions after splitting the series first two games on Wednesday.
The first two innings were a bit shaky for the Hawks defensively, but top of the third looked like a turnaround inning, as SDC grabbed two quick outs behind their starter Marco Solis. But with two outs, VU's Tyson Leighton (4-5, HR, 2B) hit a solo bomb to take a 3-0.
Up to that point Garcia's strikeouts and forced groundouts had dimmed the Hawks offensive threat, but that all changed with a two out rally ignited by two errors on VU's infield. SDC's two hits set the atmosphere for 2 bases loaded walks to put SDC up 4-3 by the end of the third.
In the top of the fourth, VU pulled only one run out of a no out bases loaded situation, but tied the game at four. SDC put another run up in the fourth, countered four runs from VU in the next two innings.
After a few dry innings for both sides, the Hawks came alive for two runs on the back of a Trevor Bloom solo homer (3) to left, but couldn't pull out the win before the third out.
Bloom hit a solid 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Brandon James (1-1) was counted for the loss striking out two, but giving up 3 runs in 2 and a third. Gabriel Garcia went 6 and a third for the win, giving up five runs, one earned, and striking out five.
The Hawks kicked off game two with three runs, but the Lions roared back with a four run third inning to take the lead. SDC would tie the game at 4 in the bottom of the third, with senior Austin Minton to face the middle of the Vanguard line up. Minton was forced from the game two batters later, eventually taking the loss, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out three. SDC Vanguard at bay in the fifth and sixth, but SDC offensive efforts were broken up before a run could cross the plate.
VU's reliever Bryce Reid received the win going 4 innings of runless pitching and Jerry Pena got the save.
Senior David Kazcor was 2-for-4 with an RBI and junior Sean Sweeney was 1-for-1 with an RBI.
SDC hosts Biola University on Wednesday to kick off the next four game GSAC series. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm at Stars Field in Lakeside, California.