Eagle Rock, Calif. - The baseball team notched their first win of the season, by defeating Occidental College, 4-0, this afternoon in Eagle Rock, Calif. The Golden Eagles used some dominating pitching and timely hitting on their way to victory.
La Sierra's David Lara Oliveras picked up his first win of the season by going 6 1/3 innings, while only surrendering one hit, collecting six strikeouts and giving up three walks. Josh Tobin pitched a perfect 2/3 of an inning and Michael Zurita pitched the final two innings, giving up only one hit while tallying two strikeouts. In total, the Golden Eagles pitching combined for the two-hit shutout of the Beavers.
The Golden Eagles offense struck for two of their four runs in the top of the 3rd inning when Jake Magness drove a single through the right side of the infield for an RBI single that scored Matt Valenzuela, who led the inning off with a single of his own. Rico Alanis followed with a single that advanced Magness to second base, and subsequently scored on an RBI single by Antonio Lopez, giving the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.
La Sierra added to their run total in the 4th inning when Adrian Gardea led the inning off with a single up the middle. Gardea advanced to second base when Joe Mascarenaz reaching base on an error, and followed by advancing to third base when Matt Valenzuela flied out to right field. Daniel Rendon came through with a one-out, RBI single through the right side that scored Gardea and increased the lead to 3-0, in favor of the Golden Eagles.
In the top of the 8th inning, the Golden Eagles scored another insurance run when Cole Chaisson's RBI double scored Matt Valenzuela from second base.
The four runs proved to be more than enough for the Golden Eagles who played behind a pitching staff that finished with a total of eight strikeouts on the afternoon. The Beavers never had a base runner advance further than second base throughout the course of the game.
La Sierra finished with a total 15 hits in the game led by Lopez and Gardea who each finished the day going 3-for-5 at the plate. Rendon, Magness, and Alanis each picked up two hits of their own. Every starting player finished with at least one hit in the game.
With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 1-7 on the season. They will return to action on Friday afternoon when they host Oregon Institute of Technology in a doubleheader, starting at 11am.