EL CAJON, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College baseball team rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to salvage a split against Vanguard on Saturday. After dropping game one 8-5, SDCC took game two 6-5.
The Hawks are now 12-6 overall and 5-6 in the GSAC. The Lions are 8-7 overall and 3-7 in conference play.
In game one, VU grabbed the lead with a run in the second. The Hawks responded with a run of their own on a Jeff Lusardi single that scored Christian Johnson and tied the game at 1-1 heading into the third.
The Lions did their damage in the fifth, scoring five runs off of SDCC starter Gabriel Hemmer.
SDCC chipped away with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth to make it a 6-5 game.
VU was able to add single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take game one 8-5.
Hemmer (3-1) took his first loss of the season, allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits while striking out 4 in 6.2 innings of work. Hemmer threw well, but VU capitalized on six infield hits against the righty.
Scott Simmons (4-0) got the win in relief, while Kevin Ponzo earned his fifth save of the season.
SDCC had seven hits in game one, led by Chad Erickson who was 2-4.
VU took an early lead in game two with three runs in the top of the second inning of SDCC starter Jesse Hernandez.
The Hawks slowly chipped away with single runs in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 4-3 lead heading into the sixth.
The Lions responded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.
The Hawks were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning.
After an initial out, Richard Aguirre drew a walk. After another out, Erickson also walked, bringing to the plate Gilbert Vierra. Vierra got jammed on an inside pitch, but muscled the ball over the head of a leaping VU second baseman, into shallow centerfield. Aguirre scored easily from second base, and Erickson moved to third. Vierra, noticing no one was covering second base, took off toward second. VU players rushed toward second base, forgetting about Erickson on third. Erickson took off and slid in ahead of the throw at the plate to give SDCC the 6-5 lead.
SDCC's Brock Heerdt retired the side in the top of the seventh to give SDCC the thrilling win. Heerdt (2-0) collected the win in relief.
Thomas Mobley led the way for VU with a 3-3 effort in game two.
The Hawks will complete the three game series on Monday, hosting VU at 12:00pm.