Riverside, CA - The Saints, from Ashford University, won both games of today's doubleheader against the Golden Eagles. The Saints won the first game by a final of 7-5 followed up by a 7-3 win in the second game. Ashford University (Clinton, Iowa) is in southern California this week to play a total of nine contests, which includes today's games at La Sierra.
Today's doubleheader consisted of two seven-inning games. Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair, which consisted of two lead changes and a tie.
Ashford grabbed the early lead by scoring a run in the first inning. The Golden Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the seconding inning, when they scored two runs, highlighted by an RBI double by James Rael.
After Ashford regained the lead with two runs in fourth and fifth innings, the Golden Eagles regrouped to tie the score.
Down by three runs, Harrison Guiol led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and later scored, cutting the lead to two. La Sierra then retired the Saints in order in the top of the sixth.
Third baseman Michael Hinojos led off the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching base on a walk. After a strikeout, Rael drove in his second run of the game with a triple down the left field line, scoring Hinojos. Brian Burgin entered the game as a pinch runner for Rael and scored the tying run on a two-out double by Harrison Guiol.
But this time it was the Saints who regrouped by scoring two runs in the seventh inning to secure the victory in Game 1.
Guiol and Rael each had two hits and drove in three of the Golden Eagles five runs. Hinojos scored two runs for the Golden Eagles.
Pitcher Zach Smerz picked up the win for Ashford while Logan Duran is charged with the loss.
In Game 2, the Golden Eagles showed the Saints a variety of looks, by using seven different pitchers in the game. But that didn't deter Ashford, who scored seven runs on 11 hits, and scored at least one run in four of the seven innings.
The Golden Eagles put up a fight and cut into a 4-1 lead by scoring two runs in the fifth inning, cutting the lead to one run.
With one out, Hinojos doubled left field, which was followed by a Guiol double to deep right-center, scoring Hinojos. Second baseman Cole Chaisson drove in Guiol with a single to shallow centerfield. But that would be as close as La Sierra would get.
The Saints answered right back with three runs in the sixth inning on the way to their fifth win of the season.
The Golden Eagles (1-16, 1-5) will look to turns things around on Friday afternoon when they will again play host to Ashford University. The first pitch is scheduled for a 12pm start.