Riverside, Calif. - The Golden Eagles dropped both games of an afternoon doubleheader to Cal State San Marcos today at La Sierra University. The Cougars took the first game by a final of 16-0, following up with a narrow 2-1 victory in the second game.
Game 1: The Cougars struck early and often in the first game as they scored 11 runs in the first four innings. San Marcos scored at least one run in each of the seven innings played, with the exception of the scoreless fifth inning. They also capitalized on three errors by the Golden Eagles.
The Cougars starting pitcher, Kyle Kuck, held the Golden Eagles to just two hits in five innings pitched. San Marcos scored the 16 run on 14 hits.
Game 2: San Marcos jumped out to the early lead in the second game, with a run on the top half of the second inning, on back-to-back doubles by Matt Arlington and Joe Putnam, respectively.
The Cougars took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Tyler Bernard knocked a RBI single to centerfield, scoring Kyle Hanson.
In the bottom half of the inning, Ricky Alvarez reached base on a two-out walk. Marquis Kidd followed with a double to left-centerfield, scoring Alvarez and cutting the lead to 2-1.
The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the fifth inning, when Joe Mascarenaz got the inning started with a leadoff single. After Daniel Rendon flied out to left field, Mascarenaz advanced to second base on a wild pitch. But that would be as close as La Sierra would get, as Cole Chaisson grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning. The inning ended with Mascarenaz being thrown out at third base trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt.
Pitcher Kyle Montiel picked up the win, pitching four complete innings, giving up one run on three hits, with six strikeouts and one walk. The Golden Eagles Scott Makorow picks up the loss, giving up a total of one run on four hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched.
The Golden Eagles finished with a total of five hits, led by designated hitter Marquis Kidd who went 3-for-3, and drove in the only run of the game for La Sierra.
The Golden Eagles baseball team falls to 0-6 on the season. The team will travel to Occidental College on Sunday for a single game starting at 11am. They will return home next Friday, February 7, to host Oregon Institute of Technology for a doubleheader.