Sat., Apr. 16, 2011 [1
] Lakeside, Calif. --
With two losses, 4-0 and 8-5 on Saturday to Concordia University (27-16,17-14 GSAC), the Hawks (5-29,3-24 GSAC) struggle to move up in the GSAC standings, having gone 13 games without a conference victory.
Game one was quite the pitchers duel until the top of the ninth when the Eagles, an excellent bunting team, scored three for the win.
The Hawks top starter, Adair Robles (4.26 ERA) did his job from the mound, striking out seven in seven innings with no earned runs. He gave up two hits and walked seven of the thirty-two batters he faced in the loss (1-3).
Both teams had their chances in the early innings, but the Hawks couldn't make it happen against CUI starter Blake Harrison (5-1) who threw a complete game, five-hit shut out. Harrison did however have 8 hits behind him to help maintain the 2.47 era as the CUI ace.
Game two took over thirty minutes longer than the previous nine inning game, but it was more eventful offensively for the Hawks. Brian Charnock (1-3, R) singled to start the game, coming home on Trevor Bloom's double making up part of a 2-0 lead. Bloom reached 49 hits on the season with a single in the seventh.
The third inning changed the scene when the Eagles rallied for five runs with two outs. On only three hits CUI laid the foundation for their eventual win. SDC mounted the comeback with a two run jack from David Kaczor
in the fifth and another in the sixth to make it 6-5. Unfortunately, Hawks pitching would yield two insurance runs to the Eagles in the top of the seventh giving up the win.
Austin Minton (0-3) took the loss for SDC in five, being charged with six runs on eight hits while Dean Persinger (4-4) also went five, giving up four unearned runs on four hits, striking out three. Ryan Day was credited with his sixth save of the season.
Hitting highlights for SDC consisted of Taylor Maddox going 2-3 in game one, 3-5 on the day with two singles and a double.
The Hawks host The Master's College on Monday, April 18, to play a postponed contest from early in the season. First pitch is scheduled to take place at 12:00pm.