La Sierra NEWS
Fri, Feb. 7, 2014 - [Baseball]

The Golden Eagles baseball team dropped both games to Oregon Institute of Technology, this afternoon at La Sierra University, 7-5 and 7-6. 


In Game 1, the Hustlin Owls jumped out an early lead with a run in the first inning.  They added two more runs in the fourth inning, to take a 3-0 lead.


In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Golden Eagles erased the deficit and took their first lead of the game, by scoring a total of five runs on six hits. 


Trailing 5-3, Oregon Tech fought their way back, tying the score at 5-5 with a run in the sixth and a run in the eighth.

With the score all tied at 5-5 entering the ninth inning, Oregon Tech struck for two run in the top half of the inning to take a 7-5 lead.  In the bottom half of the inning, the Golden Eagles were able to get the tying runs on base with two outs when Cole Chaisson reached base on an error,  Jake Magness followed by being hit by a pitch.  Rico Alanis then hit an RBI single to centerfield, scoring Chaisson and advancing Magness to second base. 


With the tying run on second base, a groundout to the shortstop ended the threat and the game.


Pitcher Raf Belloc picked up the win Oregon Tech, while Michael Zurita was charged with the loss.


Oregon Tech out-hit the Golden Eagles 14-10 in Game 1.  Joe Mascarenaz, Magness, and Alanis each collected two hits in the game, to lead the Golden Eagles.  Alanis led the team with two RBI's. 


In Game 2, it was La Sierra who jumped on the board first with a run in the second inning, followed by another in the third inning. 


Oregon Tech erased the lead in the top half of the fourth inning with three runs, taking a 3-2 lead.


But the Golden Eagles quickly regained the lead with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning.  Jake Magness had the big hit in the inning, with a two-out bases loaded double that cleared the bases and gave La Sierra a 5-3 lead. 


But the lead proved to be short-lived as Oregon Tech quickly answered back with four runs in the top of the fifth inning.


That proved to be enough, as Oregon Tech held on for the 7-5 victory, taking both games of today's doubleheader over the Golden Eagles.


Magness led the team with three RBI's in Game 2, while Cole Chaisson finished the game going 3-for-4 and scoring two of La Sierra's five runs.


Eric Christiansen went seven complete innings to pick up the win, while Michael Zurita was charged with the loss.


The baseball team falls to 1-9 on the season.  They will out of action for the next couple of weeks, preparing for their next contest.  On February 21, the team will travel to Point Loma Nazarene University.  They will return home on February 23 to host Bethesda University.