Fri., Feb 3rd, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball team was on the verge of a sweep when an error, a hit batsman, and a three run homerun by Garrison McLagan (pictured left) in the bottom of the 6th inning shifted the game back to the Hawks in an 8-6 win in game two over Patten University on Friday afternoon.
Patten defeated SDC in game one 6-2 behind a stellar pitching performance from the Lions’ Issac Duran. Duran threw a complete game, striking out nine, scattering seven hits, and allowing only one earned run.
In game one, the Hawks struck in the first inning when Jeff Lusardi singled and was brought home by Nick Bando’s triple. The Hawks would not score again until the bottom of the eighth, when Richard Aguirre singled and eventually scored on a Victor Martinez double.
Adair Robles (1-1) suffered the loss in game one for the Hawks.
The Lions struck first in game two, scoring one run in the top of the first. SDC responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, when Robert Aguirre singled and Tyler Bailey was hit by a pitch. With two runners on and two outs, SDC’s Alex Mann drilled a double to the left center field wall to collect a pair of RBIs.
After Patten tied the game in the top of the third, the Hawks scored three in the bottom of the third. SDC pounded out four consecutive singles from Bando, Chris Pascual, McLagan, and Lusardi. Lusardi’s single collected two RBIs and put the Hawks up 5-2 at the end of the 3rd.
Patten chased SDC’s starter Brock Heerdt from the game in the top of the 4th, scoring three runs to tie the game back up. The Lions tacked on another run in the fifth while holding the Hawks scoreless until the bottom of the 6th.
With one out in the bottom of the 6th, Bando reached first on an error. The Hawks then used pinch runner Cedric Bogan to run for Bando. The next hitter Pascual was hit by the pitch, setting the plate for McLagan. McLagan drilled a 1-0 fast ball over the right field wall to give the Hawks the lead.
“In that situation, I really wanted to just stay calm,” said McLagan. “Being down one, late in the game, I was looking to drive in runs. After saying a prayer and the Lord helping me calm down. I took a first pitch breaking ball and was waiting for a fastball. Thankfully it was there and I got a good swing on it.”
SDC’s Jeremy Blare worked around a leadoff double in the top of the 7th to collect his first win of the season.
“This win tonight was a good momentum builder for us,” added McLagan. “The first game we were unable to put much together. The second game, coming back after the loss give us a good confidence boost as we head into tomorrow.”
The Hawks move to 3-3 with the split and host Patten in a double header on Saturday, February 4th starting at 11:00am.