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On Tuesday, April 3, Azusa Pacific squares off with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for a seven-inning exhibition.

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January 23, 2012
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif. -- For the sixth straight year, and seventh time in the last nine years, the Azusa Pacific baseball team will play the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a 7-inning exhibition at the Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga.

The 2012 contest has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, with the Cougars’ previously-scheduled game that day shifting into an April 4 doubleheader at Arizona Christian University.

The game against the Quakes, the Class A Advanced California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is slated to start at 5:05 p.m. with the ticket price set at $5. Tickets will be available for purchase through the Azusa Pacific baseball office. For ticket and game information contact assistant coach Drew Evans (click here to email or telephone: 626-815-6000 ext. 3258). Proceeds from the game will support the Cougar baseball program, which currently has seven players at various levels of affiliated professional baseball.

“This game has developed into one of our program’s favorite annual traditions for our players, fans, and alumni, and it’s a personal highlight for myself and the coaching staff to be able to take this opportunity to represent Azusa Pacific,” Cougar head coach Paul Svagdis said. “We’ve always been given first-class treatment from the Quakes, who are without question one of the most well-run clubs in minor league baseball. We are honored to be a part of their plans as they prepare for their upcoming season.”

In last season’s contest, Cougar outfielder Alex Ring went 4-for-4 and scored two runs in the Quakes’ 6-4 win. First baseman Johnathan Erb went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in two runs while scoring another.

“Quakes versus Cougars has become a tradition that a lot of fans look forward to,” said Quakes Vice President / General Manager Grant Riddle. “We’re proud that the Quakes can continue to help support the APU baseball team and athletic department and hope that this year’s contest is as exciting as the last few.”

Rancho Cucamonga holds a 5-1 all-time edge in the six-game exhibition series history between the two teams, which first met in 2004. The Epicenter is located at 8408 Rochester Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga. Directions to the stadium are available at the Quakes’ official website,