Costa Mesa, Calif. - The Golden Eagles baseball team travelled to Vanguard University this afternoon for a doubleheader. La Sierra lost the nine-inning affair 6-1, followed by a 5-1 defeat in the seven-inning game.
In Game 1, the Golden Eagles found themselves in an early 5-1 deficit, after giving up five runs in the first two innings of play. The Lions scored three runs in the first inning on only one hit, as they capitalized on walks, wild pitches, and hit batsman.
La Sierra got one run back in the 2nd inning, when Brian Burgin reached base on a bunt single to start the inning, subsequently stole second base and later scored on an RBI single to left field by Joe Mascarenaz.
But the Lions extended to the 5-1 lead in the bottom of the inning with two runs on three hits. They later added a run in the 5th inning, on their way to the 6-1 victory.
Vanguard finished the game with six runs on 10 hits, while the Golden Eagles collected one run on four hits.
Richard Perry pitched six complete innings, giving up one run on three hits to pick up the victory, while Logan Duran was charged with the loss for La Sierra.
Similar to the first game, Game 2 found the Golden Eagles trailing early, as Vanguard once again jumped out to an early 4-0 after the first two innings of play.
The Lions scored one run in the 1st inning and added three more runs in the 2nd inning to take control of the game. They would go on to add another insurance run in the 4th inning, on their way to sweeping the afternoon doubleheader.
The Golden Eagles were held scoreless until breaking through for a run in the 7th inning. Rico Alanis led of the 7th inning with a single to left field. Garrett Brewer entered the contest to pinch-run for Alanis and subsequently advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Brewer then stole third base and later scored on an RBI groundout by Burgin.
Eddie Rivera pitched five complete innings for the Lions to notch his third win of the season, giving up no runs on only two hits. Connor Gregario was charged with the loss for La Sierra.
With the loss, La Sierra falls to 1-16 on the season. They will take the week off for final exams. The team will be back in action next Friday afternoon, to host the University of Antelope Valley. Friday's doubleheader will also be the Golden Eagles final home games of the season and serve as Senior Day.