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Hawks Rally But Fall Short

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Fri., Apr. 22, 2011 [1][2][Season Box]
Lakeside, Calif. -- The Westmont College Warriors edged out the Hawks in Friday's double-header 11-9 and 6-4, making them winners of three games in the series with the fourth still to be played. Westmont (17-27, 9-22 GSAC) still remains above San Diego Christian (6-35, 4-27 GSAC) in the conference standings with the pair of wins.

Game one, which lasted nearly four hours, put on quite a show in the later innings, including a four run bottom of the ninth inning for the Hawks. Westmont dominated the scoreboard until the Hawks picked up four in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Bando's second single of the game broke not only the shutout, but his personal hitting slump as well. WC's starter Daniel Cabuling (6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 5 SO) was solid through the fifth, making it out of the four-run sixth before being removed from the game.

Tim Leary, Westmont's designated hitter, was the offensive rocket power for the Warriors, going 4-for-4. Just a triple short of the cycle, he closed game one out with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

The Hawks held steady at 9-4 going into the bottom of the ninth with hopes of pulling out their first late inning win behind the bat of Brian Charnock (3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI), Gus Hernandez (3-5, 2 RBI) and Dominic Neocoechea (2-5, 2 RBI) who collectively evened the score at 9.

Leary struck his fourth hit in the tenth, a single, that brought in the winning runs, handing reliever Christopher Pascual his first loss of the season. Pete McCarthy earned his first win despite yielding all four of the ninth innings earned runs also giving Mitch Crocker his third save of the year.

In game two, SDC had gained a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third, but Leary (2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI) homered again to put WC up 5-4. SDC would pose threats in the next innings, but never fully contested the Warriors new found lead.

Austin Minton picked up his fourth loss of the season in four and a third. He gave up five runs on seven hits, striking out three of the 23 batters he faced. Chris Plance (4-3) lasted 5.2 innings, giving up all ten of SDC's hits and runs. Jacob Regalado was credited with his fifth save.

Neocoechea finished the day 4-for-8 and 4 RBI with a double and three singles.

San Diego Christian plays their last non-conference game at CSU San Marcos on Tuesday (Apr. 26) afternoon at 2:00pm in Escondido.

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