PHOENIX, Ariz.—Gabriel Hemmer threw eight innings and Taylor Eichhorst hammered a two-run homerun as San Diego Christian College won the weekend series over Arizona Christian Univerity with a double header spilt on Saturday. The Hawks won game one, 4-1 and dropped game two, 4-2.
SDCC is now 9-5 overall and 4-5 in the GSAC. ACU now stands 6-6 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
In game one, SDCC would not waste any time getting on the board.
In the top of the first, Richard Aguirre led the game off with a walk. After Chris Gonzales sacrificed Aguirre to second, Chad Erickson drilled a double into right center, plating Aguirre. Jeff Lusardi then moved Erickson to third on a groundout to second base. The Hawks scoring was completed when Eichhorst hit his third homerun of the season to give SDCC a 3-0 lead.
In the end, that was plenty of run support for Hemmer.
Hemmer (3-0) tossed 8.0 innings, scattering eight hits and striking out seven. The lone Firestorm run came on a solo homerun off the bat of Chris Russell in the seventh. Jeremy Blare threw a scoreless 9th to collect his first save of the season.
Hemmer lowered his ERA to 1.88 on the season. He also now has 29 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched.
Eichhorst led the way in game one, going 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Erickson added a run and an RBI and Dylan Jones knocked in Lusardi for SDCC's final run on a squeeze play in the eighth.
ACU took the early lead in game two, scoring a run in the 1st and a pair of runs in the 3rd off of starter Kelvan Pilot (1-3).
The Hawks responded with a run in the fourth, when Eichhorst doubled home Erickson who had reached on a fielder's choice, cutting the ACU lead to 3-1.
The Hawks cut the lead down to 3-2 with a run in the fifth, when Gonzales delivered a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Dylan Jones.
ACU tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth and SDCC was unable to push across any more runs, dropping the game 4-2.
SDCC managed five hits of ACU starter Stephen Thompson. Thompson (2-1) threw 6.2 innings, striking out five before giving way to Firestorm closer Kevin Collinge for the final out of the game.
The Hawks next head to La Sierra University for a double header on Monday, February 18 before returning home for their GSAC home opener against Vanguard the following Friday.