Riverside, CA – After a couple of attempts were rained out, the Golden Eagles finally held their home opener this afternoon, hosting San Diego Christian College in a holiday doubleheader.
La Sierra was eager to play a game on their home field, but were unable to get on track offensively, eventually falling in Game 1 by a final of 9-1 and dropping Game 2 by a final score of 8-0.
The Hawks wasted no time, in Game 1, scoring five runs in the top of the 1st inning. The Golden Eagles cut into the lead by scoring their lone run of the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning, on an RBI single by second baseman Cole Chaisson that scored Mickey Chupek.
San Diego Christian broke the game open with two outs in the top of the 6th inning by scoring four runs.
Brock Heerdt collected the win for the Hawks while Tyler Sirna (0-1) is charged with the loss. Sirna pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits, striking out two and giving up no walks.
La Sierra scored the one run on eight hits and left a total of 14 runners on base.
Similar to the first game, the Hawks jumped on the scoreboard early by scoring two runs on a Taylor Eichhorst two-out double in the top of the 1st inning. Game 2 was predetermined to go only seven innings.
Third baseman Jeff Lusardi led the Hawks with four RBI's in the game, including a three-run homerun over the right-centerfield fence. Shortstop Gilbert Vierra also added an RBI with a single to drive Eichhorst in the top of the 5th inning.
Starting pitcher Zach Koprowski collected the win for the Hawks. Koprowski was relieved by David Johnson (two innings), and Jeff Gogue and Jeremy Blare who each pitched one inning in relief. They combined to hold the Golden Eagles to just one hit in the ballgame. Chaisson picked up the only hit for La Sierra by leading off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single.
David Lara Oliveras (0-1) picked up the loss in Game 2. Oliveras gave up three runs on five hits, in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Freshmen Michael Gonzales was charged with one run while Logan Duran gave up three earned runs on two hits, pitching the final 2 2/3 innings.
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-8 on the season. The team will be back in action when they travel to Cal State San Marcos this coming Friday and Sunday. La Sierra will play a single game on Friday followed by a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.