SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College baseball team got a standout pitching performance from Gabriel Hemmer and a homerun from Chad Erickson in game one to earn a double header split at Westmont College on Monday. SDCC won game one 6-4 and dropped game two 5-3.
In game one, SDCC (5-2, 1-2) took the lead briefly in the top of the third when Christian Johnson doubled to drive in Dylan Jones. Westmont (4-1, 2-1) came right back, tying the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
The Hawks took the lead for good in the top of the sixth, when Erickson led the inning off with a homerun, and Jones drove in Billy Fuston, who pinch ran for Taylor Eichhorst, to give SDCC the 3-1 lead.
The Hawks tacked on three more runs in the top of the ninth. Richard Aguirre led the inning off with a single to center and scored on an Alex Mann double. Alex Garza scored on a single from Garrison McLagan who later scored on a WC error and the Hawks headed into the bottom of the ninth with the 6-1 lead.
The Warriors were able to cut into the SDCC lead with a homerun from Chris Stroh, but Jeremy Blare struck out the side and SDCC grabbed the 6-4 win.
Hemmer (1-0) earned the win throwing 7.0 innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run while striking out six.
The Hawks pounded out 14 hits in the win, with every starter chipping in with at least one hit. Mann was 3-5, McLagan was 2-5, and Jeff Lusardi was 2-4.
In game two WC took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. SDCC cut the lead in half in the top of the third, when Erickson drove in Aguirre with a single. The Hawks appeared to tie the game when Mann scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eichhorst. However, the umpires ruled Mann left third base early and the inning ended with SDCC trailing 2-1.
The Warriors added a run in the bottom of the third and a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, driving SDCC starter Kelvan Pilot from the game.
The Hawks added a pair of runs in the top of fifth on a two-run homerun from Garrison McLagan, his third of the season.
SDCC had baserunners in each of the next two innings, but was unable to push any runs across the plate.
Pilot (1-1) took the loss for the Hawks. The freshman tossed 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out two.
Erickson and Johnson were both 2-3 for the Hawks.
SDCC continues GSAC play on Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2 at The Master's College. The game on February 1 is a single game with first pitch at 2:00pm. Saturday is a double header starting at 11:00am.