The Golden Eagles baseball team dropped two of three to Benedictine University this past weekend. After winning, 10-9 in extra innings, the team fell 21-4 and 11-7 to close out the 3-game series against the Red Hawks. The team's record now stands at 17-23 on the season (9-15 in Cal Pac play).
The first game, of Friday's doubleheader, was a roller coaster affair with the Golden Eagles scoring seven unanswered runs in the final three innings to escape with a 10-9 win, in 10 innings of play.
It was the Golden Eagles who struck first, with three runs in the 2nd inning, taking a 3-0 lead. But over the next three innings, the Red Hawks erupted for nine unanswered runs of their own, to take a commanding 9-3 lead into the 6th inning.
Down, by a score of 9-4, La Sierra tied the game at 9-9 with five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra frames.
The inning started with the first two batters being hit-by-a-pitch and the momentum grew from there. A total of five runs were scored with only two hits. The Golden Eagles took advantage of three batters being hit-by-a-pitch and two walks in the inning.
After a scoreless top half of the 10th inning, the Golden Eagles again took advantage of another hit-by-pitch when Larson Anzaldo reached base with one out. Andrew Lundstrom entered the game to pinch-run for Anzaldo and advanced to second base on a Craig Woolson single to left field. This set the stage for Matt Majher, who came through with a knock to deep left-center, which scored Lundstrom and secured the victory for La Sierra.
Michael Hoyes pitched the scoreless 10th inning to pick up the victory.
Four different Golden Eagles players each tallied two runs batted in. Daniel Wray led the way with three hits and two RBI's, while Majher finished with two hits and two RBI's. Thomas Martinez and Trevor Resler each had one hit and drove in two runs. Another notable included David Roman who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The second game of the day was all Red Hawks as they scored early and often over the seven innings played.
The Golden Eagles once again took an early lead with a run in the bottom half of the 1st inning, but that lead was quickly erased. The Red Hawks scored 14 runs over the next four innings to take a commanding 14-3 lead. They added an exclamation mark with seven runs in the seventh inning, to run away with a 21-4 win over the Golden Eagles.
David Roman and Andrew Lundstrom provided the majority of the offensive production for the Golden Eagles, as they each went 3-for-4 in the game. Roman led the team with three RBI's, with Woolson adding an RBI of his own.
After taking Saturday off, the two teams returned to action on Sunday to complete their 3-game series.
Similar to the previous two games, La Sierra jumped out to the early lead. The Golden Eagles used five hits to score four runs, in the 1st inning, for a 4-0 lead.
The Red Hawks got a run back in the 4th inning until ultimately tying the game with three runs in the seventh. Benedictine eventually took their first lead, 7-4, with three runs in the 8th inning, only to be answered by the Golden Eagles with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
After a scoreless 9th inning, the Red Hawks were able to push four runs across the plate and escape with the game victory and the series victory.
Resler went 3-for-5 with three RBI's, while Wray collected two more hits and added two RBI's in the loss.
The baseball team will hit the road this weekend, before returning home for their final three games of the season. On Friday, the team will travel to Marymount University for a single game, followed up by a doubleheader on Sunday. The Golden Eagles will return home on May 5 & 7 for their final three games of the season.