Costa Mesa, Calif. - A day after falling in their season opener, the Golden Eagles baseball team traveled to Vanguard University this afternoon looking for their first win of the season. After jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, La Sierra was unable to close things out in a 17-6 loss.
The Golden Eagles wasted no time getting on the board, when Cole Chaisson reached base on a one-out single and subsequently stole second base. After a strikeout, Jordan Bray drove Chaisson in for the first run of the game, with a two-out double down the right field line. Bray scored on a RBI single by Freddy Rivas, Jr., for the early 2-0 lead.
La Sierra extended the lead to 3-0 in the top half of the third inning, when Chaisson again reached base with a one-out single and stole second base. Jake Magness followed by reaching base on a fielder's choice, advancing Chaisson to third base. Jordan Bray followed with a sacrifice fly to score Chaisson, and extend the lead.
But the Lions answered right back, quickly erasing the three run defecit, as they were able to capitalize three runs, on two hits, and a Golden Eagles error.
La Sierra regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Michael Gonzalez led the inning off with a single. Antonio Lopez followed with a sacrifice bunt, advancing Gonzalez to second base. After a strikeout, Matt Valenzuela lined a two-out double down the left field line scoring Gonzalez for the 4-3 lead.
The lead was short-lived as senior catcher tied the score with a homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lions took their first lead of the game, 5-4, in the bottom half of the fifth inning as the team capitalized on two errors by the Golden Eagles.
But the hammer came down in the bottom of the sixth, when Vanguard scored eight runs on seven hits in the inning. Five of the eight runs were scored on home runs. A total of two home runs were hit in the inning. Vanguard also benefitted from two throwing errors by the Golden Eagles.
La Sierra got two runs back in the top of the seventh inning, as Chaisson collected his third hit of the game, an RBI single that scored Matt Valenzuela. After a wild pitch, Chaisson advanced to third base and scored on an RBI single by Rivas Jr., cutting the lead to 13-6.
That would prove to be as close as the Golden Eagles would get, as the Lions tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, on their way to the 17-6 victory.
Starting pitcher Scott Torrey (1-0) picked up the win for Vanguard , while David Oliveras (0-1) was charged with the loss. Torrey gave up four runs on eight hits, while collecting six strikeouts along the way. Oliveras gave up was charged with 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits.
The Golden Eagles scored six runs on 11 hits, led by Chaisson and Rivas Jr. who finished with three hits each. Chaisson scored three of La Sierra's six runs. Bray and Rivas Jr. each finished with two RBI's apiece, with Chaisson and Valenzuela each tallying one RBI each.
The loss drops the baseball team to 0-3 on the young season. The Golden Eagles baseball team will have a week to prepare for their next game. They will host San Diego Christian College next Tuesday, January 28. The first game of next week's doubleheader is scheduled for a 12pm first pitch.