OAKLAND, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific lost the final two games of a four-game series against Holy Names on Saturday afternoon. After splitting games on Friday, the Hawks won 8-1 and 7-4 to take three of the first four games between the two teams as new Pacific West Conference opponents.
The Hawks went deep twice in the first game with home runs from Zach Verlaan and Tyler Truitt as Zach Korte picked up his first win of the season, tossing six innings with two strikeouts without allowing an earned run.
Holy Names also had two four baggers in the second game from freshmen Hunter Dodson and Dusty Zeisler. Brendan Casey was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Cougars. Bryan Glenn got his first win of the year with two innings in relief, while Colby Lee threw two shutout innings for the save.
Michael Finnigan, who was 7-1 on the mound in 2012, got roughed up in his second start of the season, allowing six runs and walking six batters in 4.1 innings to take his second loss of the season in game one. Verlaan supplied most of the Hawks' offense against the 6-3 southpaw and was a triple away from the cycle with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Cougars had seven hits in the opening game of the double header and Matt Kimmel drove in Dusty Sanderson for Azusa Pacific’s only run of the game. Jayse Bannister and Josh Hammer combined for three scoreless innings in relief for Korte. Hunter Brown tossed 3.2 innings of relief for the Cougars, retiring four batters on strikes and giving up two earned runs.
The Hawks continued to dominate the Cougar pitching in the second game, scoring six runs in four innings against Zach Hedges, who also took his second loss of the season. Junior Dan Catalan went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in.
The Cougars had four players with multiple hits in the game, but were held to just four runs, three of which came in the third inning when the Cougars grabbed their only lead of the game. Freshman Zach DeMarcus, who struggled in his last outing for the Cougars, bounced back nicely, retiring the side in order in the bottom of the sixth with two groundouts and a strikeout.
The Cougars are now 3-11, and through 14 games are off to their slowest start in program-history since opening the 1986 season with a 1-12-1 mark. The Cougars, however, rebounded to win 17 of the last 32 games that season. Holy Names has now won three games in a row after starting the season with one win in their first eight games.
Azusa Pacific will return to action next weekend when it hosts Fresno Pacific for a Saturday doubleheader.