IRVINE, Calif. – A day after scoring 15 runs in the opener of a 3-game series, the Hawks were stifled by No. 16 Concordia and only mustered a run in the double header as No. 5 SDC was swept by the Eagles 7-1 in Game 1 and 1-0 in Game 2.
With the losses, the Hawks now hold just a one-game lead in the GSAC standings ahead of The Master's College. Concordia is now just two games behind along with (RV) Westmont. No. 24 Vanguard is three games behind SDC.
The Hawks now stand at 35-15 overall and 22-11 in conference. Concordia improved to 33-15 overall and 20-13 in GSAC play.
The Eagles were able to take the first game against Gabriel Hemmer, the nation-leader in total wins this season. Hemmer pitched seven innings allowing six runs, five earned, while striking out five and seven hits.
Concordia's Andrew Brooks threw a complete game allowing just the one run and struck out six.
The Hawks scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Taylor Eichhorst reached on a fielder's choice that scored Cade Gotta. Concordia tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The Eagles also scored in the second, third, seventh and the eighth. They scored their seven runs on nine hits. SDC tallied 10 hits for their one run. Gotta, Chad Erickson, Christian Johnson, and Gilbert Viera all had two hits.
In Game 2, Joey Aquino was charged with the loss after six innings of two-hit ball. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth as Matt Moynihan led off with a solo homer, the only run of the game, for his second bomb of the year. SDC never had a runner past second base.
The Hawks finished with three hits compared to two by Concordia. Keegan Yuhl threw a complete game 3-hitter to improve his record to 10-3.
San Diego Christian will face Biola in a 3-game series to determine who will take home the regular season title next Friday and Saturday.