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February 4, 2012
Chris Baker
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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.-- With two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Azusa Pacific holding onto an 8-7 lead, Cal State San Bernardino hit a walk off three-run home run to win 10-8 in the rubber match of the schools’ three-game series.

Azusa Pacific (2-2) hit three home runs, and led by five after the top of the third inning, but The Coyotes (2-1), who tallied 15 hits, scored four runs in the bottom of the third and eventually took a 7-6 lead following the fifth inning. Sammy Soyring had the go-ahead hit in the sixth inning and went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, while J.C. Aguayo hit his first home run of the year, a three-run bomb, in the loss. Jordan Leyland drove in two runs and hit his first home run with the Cougars, and now has an extra base hit in all four games this year.

Colby Gurney, who had been outstanding in his first two appearances, came on in relief of Jason Plowman in the ninth inning and gave up one hit before allowing the game-ending homer.

Michael Finnigan started the game, tossing three innings and giving up four earned runs on four hits. Cameron Ross replaced him in the fourth inning, and allowed three runs before being swapped for Plowman in the sixth.

The loss gives the Coyotes the 2-1 series win and drops the Cougars to 2-2 on the year. Azusa Pacific travels north for a meeting with Cal State East Bay on Thursday before competing in the Menlo Tournament on Friday and Saturday.