Riverside, Calif. - The Golden Eagles baseball team split today's doubleheader against Simpson University. La Sierra won the first game by a final of 12-9 and dropped the next game 6-3, in what is the final 3-game series of the season for the Golden Eagles. The two teams will meet on Sunday, at 11am, for their final contest of the year.
After both teams each scored in a run in their half of the 4th inning, with the Golden Eagles maintaining a 3-run lead, at 4-1, the Redhawks tied the game at 4-4 with three runs in the top half o the fifth inning. But the Golden Eagles answered back with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Golden Eagles added three more runs in the 7th inning, and those three runs turned out to be vitally important since the Redhawks rallied for five late runs before eventually falling by the 12-9 final.
Michael Hoyes went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts to pick up the win.
Majher had a huge game, going 3-for-4 with six RBI's, along with two runs scored. Craig Woolson also pitched in with three hits in five at-bats and a total of three RBI's.
Game 2 started as a pitcher's duel, with La Sierra finally pushing a run across in the third inning. Simpson answered with three runs in their half of the 5th inning. They would add the eventual winning runs in the 7th and 8th innings and despite a run in each of the final two innings by the Golden Eagles, the Redhawks were able to secure the victory.
Simpson's Collin Bovee went 7 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Jeremy Guerrero was charged with the loss for La Sierra.
Michael Hoyes led the team going 2-for-4 in the game, while driving in one of the team's three runs. Majher hit his second homerun of the day, while Resler accounted for the other RBI.
Prior to Sunday's season finale, the Golden Eagles will recognize the four seniors on their roster. Brien Grant, Jeff Guerrero, Thomas Martinez and Michael Hoyes will be playing in their final game as active members of the Golden Eagles baseball program. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.