Eagle Rock, CA - It's being referred to as "Walk-Off Sunday". Unfortunately it comes at the expense of the Golden Eagles.
La Sierra travelled to Occidental College this afternoon looking for their first win of the season. And on the verge of getting in the win column the Golden Eagles were done in by two walk-off homeruns in the Sunday doubleheader.
Game 1 was decided when the Tigers, Riley Smith, hit a solo shot just over the left centerfield wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat La Sierra 4-3.
In a cruel déjà vu experience, Scott Hong broke a scoreless tie with a 10th inning two-run homerun for the 2-0 win.
Game 1 was a back-n-forth battle that would eventually go to extra innings. Luis Holguin's single scored Freddy Rivas Jr. to even the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second.
The Golden Eagles took a 2-1 lead, in the 3rd inning, when Cole Chaisson's RBI double scored Harrison Guiol.
The Tigers tied the score in the bottom of the inning and grabbed the lead, 3-2, in the bottom of the 5th on a sacrifice fly.
Catcher Jake Magness tied things back up at 3-3 with a solo homerun in the top of the 6th inning. It was the first homerun of the year for Magness.
The score would remain tied until Smith's walk-off homerun to win the game.
Logan Duran (0-2) picked up the loss after relieving Luke Swartz in the 7th inning. Swartz started the game and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. In relief, Duran gave up one run on two hits, while collecting five strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Game 2 was a defensive battle with both teams unable to sneak a run across. The pitchers from both teams combined for 21 strikeouts, La Sierra combined for 10 strikeouts while Oxy combined for 11 strikeouts.
Freshmen Michael Gonzales started the game for the Golden Eagles and pitched the first three innings, giving up one hit, two walks, and tallying four strikeouts.
David Lara Olivares relieved Gonzales and gave up no runs on five hits and notching six strikeouts, with no walks in six innings of work. Junior Rico Alanis (0-1) was charged with the loss.
The Golden Eagles are now 0-8 on the season. They will look to regroup and get back on the diamond next Monday, February 18. Since previous home-openers have been rained out, Monday's doubleheader versus San Diego Christian College will be the next attempt for a home opener and another opportunity for the Golden Eagles to get into the win column.