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CC_GSACSat., Jan 28th, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball team featured good pitching performances on Saturday, but errors doomed the Hawks as they were swept in a double header at California Lutheran University, 7-6 (in 11 innings) and 4-1.

In game one, the Hawks struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Nick Bando and Garrison McLagan had back to back singles, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Chris Pascual to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Alex Mann then grounded out to the shortstop to drive in Bando, and Robert Aguirre singled up the middle to drive in McLagan and gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

CLU responded in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of unearned runs. After two quick outs, a walk, an error, and a base hit tied the game at 2-2 at the end of the second inning.

The Hawks took the lead again in the top of the fourth. With one out CLU pitcher Ciarmaitaro allowed four runners to reach base without putting the ball into play courtesy of two hit batsmen and two walks. After a pitching change, CLU cut down the lead runner at home for the second out. SDC was able to scratch one more run across in the inning, when Victor Martinez singled through the right side to push the Hawk lead to 4-2 before the Kingsmen finished off the inning.

The Hawks moved the lead to 5-2 in the fifth, when a Bando and McLagan led the inning of with consecutive singles. After Pascual reached base on an error to load the bases, Mann picked up his second RBI of the game, lining out to centerfield to drive in Bando. The Hawks were unable take advantage of the other base runners, however, and CLU escaped the jam allowing only one run.

SDC stretched their lead in the sixth, when Martinez drilled an 0-2 offering over the right field wall for his first homerun of the season, moving the Hawks up 6-2.

CLU bounced back in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to tie the game at 6-6. After a strikeout to start the inning, the Kingsmen pieced together a walk, a hit batsmen, a single, and double to clear the bases and chase Whitmore from the game. Coach Bando turned to Jeremy Blare (pictured left), who appeared in both games yesterday and collected a save in game two. Inheriting a runner on second base, Blare struck out the next hitter, only to have the ball bounce away from the catcher Bando. Bando was unable to complete the throw to McLagan at first and the ball got away from McLagan. As McLagan collected the ball, the CLU runner, who was on second, was rounding third and heading for the plate. McLagan’s throw to the plate was off line and CLU tied the game at 6-6. Blare struck out the next two hitters, but the damage had been done.

Neither team was able to piece anything together until the bottom of the 11th for the Kingsmen. SDC brought in McLagan to pitch as Blare’s pitch count was rising. CLU’s first hitter walked, and the Kingsmen bunted him to second base. Following a passed ball and another walk, CLU scored when Bando collected a swinging bunt in front of the plate and fired to first for the out. On Bando’s throw, the CLU runner took off from third. SDC’s first baseman Chris Pascual threw the ball back to Bando as the CLU player slid in safely to end the extra inning affair with a 7-6 victory.

Whitmore threw well, allowing three earned runs in 5.1 innings of work, striking out two and walking three. Out of the pen, Blare threw 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.

Offensively for the Hawks in game one, Martinez was 3-6 with 2 RBIs and a solo homerun. Bando was 2-5 with 2 runs and McLagan was 2-4.

In the second game, CLU scored one unearned run of starter Dylan Jones in each of the first two innings to jump ahead 2-0. The Hawks cut the lead in half in the third inning when Martinez laced a single to right field to score Cedric Bogan.

The Kingsmen added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to push their lead to 4-1.

The Hawks had opportunities in every inning for the remainder of the game, as their leadoff man reached base in each inning. CLU was able to shut down every rally with solid pitching and key defensive plays.

The game was called after the seventh inning due to darkness, giving the Kingsmen a 4-1 win.

Martinez led the Hawks, going 3-4 with the lone RBI.

Jones gave up one earned run over 4.1 innings, striking out two and walking five. Matt Frankfurth threw 1.2 innings in relief, allowing only one hit.

On the day, SDC pitchers allowed only four earned runs over 16 innings of work. In four games this season, the Hawks pitching staff has given up a total of five earned runs.

With the losses, SDC falls to 2-2 on the early season.

The Hawks return home on Friday, February 3rd for a double header against Patton University starting at 11:00am. Tune into www.livestream.com/sdcc to listen to the broadcast.

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