EL CAJON, Calif. – The San Diego Christian College baseball team celebrated 18 graduating student-athletes Saturday as the Hawks hosted senior day celebrations.
The Hawks had something to cheer for as they split the two games against No. 14 Vanguard to stay atop of the GSAC standings by 1.5 games ahead of No. 17 The Master's College.
SDC took Game 1 5-3 before losing the Game 2 5-1. With the split, the Hawks now have an overall record of 34-13 and 21-9 in conference play. The Lions now sit at 27-16 overall and 18-12 in GSAC games.
Senior Gabriel Hemmer toed the rubber throwing a complete game allowing 10 hits, three runs, one walk, and five strikeouts. He improved to 10-2 on the season.
Seniors marked up the scoreboard in the first inning for the Hawks. Cade Gotta led off with a walk that followed by a Chad Erickson double to score Gotta. Gilbert Viera singled homed Erickson for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Lions didn't back down from the Hemmer, who leads the conference in strikeouts and wins. Vanguard tied the game after a 2-run third inning.
In the fourth inning, Christian Johnson came up to the plate with runners on second and third. He hit a grounder to the third baseman who sailed his throw down the right field line that led to two runs and a 4-2 advantage for the Hawks. SDC added an insurance run in the eighth and held on to the 2-run win as Hemmer started a strike-them-out, throw-them out play to end the game as Rogers fired a bullet to get the runner trying to steal second.
Viera led the Hawks with three hits in Game 1.
In Game 2, the Hawks offense was stifled by Clayton Voechting as he kept SDC to just two hits in six innings earning his sixth win on the season.
The only run the Hawks scored was from the bat of Viera in the second inning. The Lions tallied 12 hits for the five runs off of SDC pitching. Joey Aquino started Game 2 throwing six innings and allowing four runs, three earned, striking out three.
Viera, Jeff Lusardi, and Rogers accounted for the hits.
SDC will travel the rest of the season as they head to Concordia on Wednesday to square off against the Eagles at 3 p.m. They will turn around and play a double header on Thursday with the first pitch starting at noon.