SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College baseball team got a complete game shutout from Gabriel Hemmer and one of three homeruns on the day from Garrison McLagan earning a game one win 3-0 over The Master's College on Saturday. The Hawks dropped game two 7-3.
TMC is now 6-3 overall and 3-3 in conference play. SDCC is 6-4 overall and 2-4 in the GSAC.
In game one, the Hawks did their damage early, and rode the arm of Hemmer (2-0) the rest of the way.
In the top of the first, Richard Aguirre led the inning off with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt from Jeff Lusardi moved Aguirre to second, Aguirre got caught in a run down after a ball off the bat of Chad Erickson was stabbed by TMC pitcher James Scott. Aguirre was hung up between second and third and retired in the rundown. McLagan then hammered a ball over the right field wall to give the Hawks an early 2-0 lead.
SDCC added another run in the top of the third when Aguirre had a bunt single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error on the stolen base. Lusardi then drove in Aguirre with a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
That would be all the run support that Hemmer would need.
The junior righty threw the complete game, striking out 11 and scattering six hits.
The only trouble Hemmer found himself in was in The Master's portion of the fifth inning. After an initial out, three consecutive singles loaded the bases. Hemmer then induced a ground ball to Lusardi at third base, who cut the runner down at home. Hemmer then got a flyout to center to end the threat.
The Mustangs got hits in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but were never able to piece anything together against Hemmer.
Scott (1-2) suffered the loss for the Mustangs.
The Hawks got going early again in game two, when in the top of the first McLagan singled home Aguirre who had walked to lead off the game.
After TMC tied the game in the bottom of the first, McLagan homered to right field to put SDCC back in front 2-1.
The Mustangs took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to go ahead 4-2.
McLagan again homered, his sixth of the season, to right field in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3.
TMC put the lead out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, stretching their lead 7-3 in the seven inning affair. The Hawks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Kelvan Pilot (1-2) took the loss for SDCC. Pilot tossed 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and walking two.
The Hawks continue their season with a single game against Bethesda University on Tuesday, February 5. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00pm.