IRVINE, Calif. -- Junior Brent Warren went 4-for-4 with a triple, a double and 3 RBIs, and shortstop Anthony Rodriguez added another 3 RBIs with 3 hits as Azusa Pacific put together its finest offense output in conference play this season in a series-opening 13-3 Golden State Athletic Conference victory at Concordia University Wednesday afternoon.
The Cougars scored in 7 of the 9 innings to provide more than enough support for the 7-hit pitching of Colby Gurney and Cameron Ross as Azusa Pacific won for the fifth time in the past 6 games and the eighth time in the past 12.
Concordia took a quick 2-0 lead by touching up Gurney with 3 hits in the first inning. However, the Cougars answered in the top of the second with 2 runs of their own on Rodriguez’s 2-out single to left that plated Warren and Joseph Daris.
The runs kept coming for Azusa Pacific with 3 more in the top of the third. Warren’s 2-run triple put the Cougars up 4-2, and that was more than enough for the combined pitching of Gurney and Ross, who held the Eagles to just 3 hits over the final 8 innings of play.
Meanwhile the Cougars kept hitting. A Warren fifth-inning double scored Anthony Delgado, and Jeff West’s sacrifice fly brought Warren home.
Rodriguez led off the sixth inning with his first home run as a Cougar. Josh Leite then doubled and scored on Johnathan Erb’s single that pushed the Azusa Pacific advantage to 10-3.
The Cougars had a hit in every inning but the first and torched 3 Eagle pitchers for 19 safeties, a 9-inning season-high.
With the victory, Gurney, who struck out 3 and walked 2 in 5-plus innings of work, improves to 3-3 on the season. Ross picked up his first save with 4 innings of 1-hit relief. Azusa Pacific moves to 16-12 overall, 9-8 in the GSAC.
The 2 teams meet again in Irvine Thursday with another single game at 2:30 p.m.