EL CAJON, Calif. – Two dominant pitching performances keyed two wins Saturday for SDC as the Hawks defeated Biola University 5-0 in Game 1 and 11-2 in Game 2 for the 3-game sweep.
Gabriel Hemmer pitched a complete game in Game 1 allowing just five hits and striking out six. He improved his record to 5-1 on the season.
Chad Erickson opened the game wide open as he swung on the first pitch he saw and deposited the ball over the center field fence for a 3-run homer, his fourth of the season. He tallied four RBI in the game going 1-for-2 with the homer and two walks.
The Hawks scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-0 lead and end the scoring in Game 1.
After Hemmer allowed three hits in the first two innings, he settled down in the next seven allowing just three more the rest of the way en route to the 110-pitch performance and faced 34 batters.
Hemmer's counterpart, Eric Diomartich, was the starter for Biola lasting 5.1 innings giving up five runs, four earned, striking out five.
David Johnson toed the rubber for the Hawks in Game 2 throwing six innings allowing five hits and two runs while striking out three to improve his record to 3-0. Codi Scanlon relived D. Johnson in a quick 1-2-3 inning to secure the win.
Biola started the scoring off in the top of the second. Johnny Farrington hit a 2 RBI double to right field but was retired in a run down trying to advance to third on the throw from right fielder Michael Stowers but Taylor Eichhorst broke the relay to get Farrington in the rundown.
Eichhorst followed his nice defensive play with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the second for his fourth of the season.
SDC erupted in the bottom of the third for six runs to take a 7-2 lead. Jeff Lusardi started the scoring hitting a single to left center to score Cade Gotta. Eichhorst helped again hitting a double to plate two Hawks. He advanced to third from the throw home and later scored via a Viera sac fly. The Hawks would score two more runs in the inning and two in innings four and five for the 11-2 lead.
Viera led the Hawks in Game 2 with 4 RBI. Eichhorst was next with three. SDC collected 15 hits in the game.
With the wins, the Hawks improve to 20-7 overall and 12-5 in GSAC play. SDC currently sits in second place in the GSAC standings, and trails The Master's College by .5 games. The Mustangs lost two of three games against Westmont for SDC to jump two games in the standings.
The Hawks will host Westmont in a 3-game series starting Friday with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.