EL CAJON, Calif. – The San Diego Christian Baseball team used late inning heroics to sweep the double header and series from Arizona Christian Saturday.
Trailing 8-2 after the fourth inning in Game 2, the Hawks scored seven unanswered runs, including two in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.
Arizona Christian took the lead scoring six runs in the top of the fourth to give them the six run lead. Two 3-run homers accounted for the huge inning for ACU. Kenny Zuvela and Seth Neely powered the charge off of reliever Codi Scanlon.
But the Hawks didn't give up and scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning. SDC scored all their runs with two outs. Christian Johnson batted in the first run as he singled up the middle to score Peter Hoyt. Chad Erickson then delivered a 2 RBI single to left field. A Jeff Lusardi double brought the fourth and fifth runs across in the inning to cap off the scoring.
Two and a half scoreless innings later, the Hawks had to score at least a run to force extra innings.
Lusardi led off the seventh with a bang—a solo blast to left field tied the game for the Hawks. Lusardi took the first pitch fastball from Firestorm starter Dean Jackson and hit it well clear of the fence.
The bench crowded Lusardi as he crossed the plate to appreciate his efforts.
Michael Stowers earned a walk as he showed discipline at the plate. Taylor Eichhorst was next who, previously, was 0-3 in the game. He ripped a double to left field as Stowers was on his horse from the get go. A strong throw from left fielder Geoff MacDonald was not on time as Stowers scored from first for the Game 2 win and sweep. Steven Bunnell was credited with the win, his first of the season. He went 3.2 innings after taking Scanlon's place.
J.T Cox relieved starter Dean Jackson but failed to record an out as his only batter he faced was Eichhorst.
Erickson went 4-for-4 in the second game with 3 RBI and two runs. Lusardi went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run, scoring on his solo shot.
Game 1 was less on dramatics but the same result for the Hawks, a win.
SDC led after one inning as Lusardi drove in Gotta on a sac fly.
The Firestorm responded with two runs in the top of the second. Singles from Nick Hartman and Tanner Stokey gave ACU the 2-1 lead.
The Hawks answered with two runs in the fourth and sixth. SDC also scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 8-2 lead. The Firestorm scored three runs in the eighth to give the Hawks a scare but David Johnson nailed the ninth inning for the save. Starter Gabriel Hemmer lasted eight innings for his third win on the season. He allowed nine hits and five runs, all earned, while striking out eight. Johnson came in for his second save in as many games.
Lusardi finished the day with seven RBI in both games. Erickson went 6-for-8 at the dish.
With the wins, the Hawks improve to 13-3 and 7-2 in conference. The Firestorm drop to 3-9 overall and in conference play.
The Hawks are back on the field as they host Bethesda University on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.