By Brandon James
Fri., Feb 10th, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score
] [Game 2 Box Score
]El Cajon, Calif. --
In the battle of San Diego, it was a day of missed chances by the Hawks as they were taken advantage of by the Cal State San Marcos Cougars en route to a sweep. The Cougars had the Hawks’ hitters off balance all day as the Cougar staff allowed only six hits combined in both games, winning game one 12-2 and game two 6-2.
In game one, Lucas Whitmore, a Lakeside native, was on point with a lot of his pitches in and out of the zone. Whitmore continued to battle, but the Hawks were unable to produce any offense off of CSUSM pitcher James Dykstra.
Cougars got off to a quick start as Kyle Secciani led the game off with a double. The Cougars were able to drive in two runs in the first that would be a holding ground for the Cougars staff.
Dykstra gave up one run through five innings of work as Garrison McGlagan hit his fourth home run of the season over the right center field wall. The Cougars responded in the fifth, sending across four runs and adding five runs in the eighth. For the game, CSUSM scored 12 runs on 11 hits, four of those hits being extra base hits. Whitmore took the loss going seven innings, allowing five earned runs, striking out five, and issuing no walks.
In game two, Brock Heerdt stepped to the mound for the Hawks against opposing pitcher Darren Gay. It was a pitcher’s duel much of the game with each moment intensifying for both clubs.
Gay went five innings, striking out six, and limiting the Hawks to only three hits. Heerdt countered with 4.1 innings pitched, striking out four, and allowing five runs.
A big fifth inning doomed the Hawks, as the Cougars’ Trent Jemmet drilled a three run homerun in the fifth to give CSUSM a 5-0 lead.
Hawks had a chance in the 6th and 7th, but were unable to drive in runs and left four runners on base in the final two innings.
Alex Mann and Andy Salcido each drove in runs for the Hawks in game two as SDC scattered four hits.
SDC looks to turn things around as the Cougars return to SDCC to face Hawks in another double header on Saturday.
First pitch is set for 11am with Adair Robles on the mound for the Hawks.
Robles had a 3.61 last year in 60.0 innings and currently hold a 1.59 era for the Hawks in two appearances this season.