Riverside, CA - Looking to rebound after a tough weekend series against Arizona Christian, the Golden Eagles baseball team was also looking to close the season out on a high note as they played host to Bethesda University.
The Flames defeated the Golden Eagles in both games just one week ago. This afternoon, La Sierra was able to salvage a split, losing Game 1 by a final of 3-1 and winning Game 2, 16-0, in both of the seven inning affairs.
Game 1 was a tight game throughout. The Flames were able to capitalize on two La Sierra errors, scoring two runs in the second inning.
The Golden Eagles cut the lead in half with a run in the fifth inning, when they capitalized on an error by the Flames, scoring Adrian Gardea for their first and only run of the game, driven in by Harrison Guiol.
The Flames scored an insurance run in the seventh inning, to secure their 3-1 victory.
In Game 2, the Golden Eagles utilized a solid pitching performance from David Oliveras and an offense that finished with 16 runs on 16 hits.
Oliveras pitched a complete game to pick up the victory, in one of the best starts of the season. He gave up just two hits in the game while collecting nine strikeouts along the way. Oliveras did not allow his first hit until the sixth inning of the game.
Oliveras was backed up by an offense that proved to be just as good. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead as they scored at least one run in each of the first three innings. By the end of the third inning they had built a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning they broke the game open with 11 runs on 10 hits. The Flames helped La Sierra by committing four of their six errors in the inning.
Freshmen Michael Gonzales scored two runs and finished the game with three RBI's, going 2 for 2 in the game.
Ryan Diaz and Rico Alanis each tallied two RBI's for the Golden Eagles, finishing with three hits apiece.
It was the most runs scored since the 2010-11 season when the Golden Eagles defeated Cal Tech, 21-13. La Sierra defeated Bethesda, 14-0, last season.
With the win, the Golden Eagles close out the 2013 campaign with a record of 4-35.
NOTE: Between the two contests, two current seniors and one former member of the baseball program were recognized for their commitment to the program. Ryan Diaz and Ben Vazquez played in their final game as an active member of the Golden Eagles baseball program. And due to last year's senior day being rained-out, Kenny Curiel returned to be recognized for his contributions.