SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific baseball team lost both ends of a Saturday double header to Point Loma to drop its third consecutive Pacific West series. The Cougars scored only three runs on the day, falling 6-1 in game one, and 5-2 in game two.
Danny Gonzales accounted for all three of Azusa Pacific’s RBIs, driving in two runs on his third bomb of the year. The junior third baseman went 3-for-6 between the two games, and knocked in the Cougars’ lone run in the eighth inning of game one to prevent a Sea Lion shutout.
Azusa Pacific tallied just 12 hits, striking out 13 times while Point Loma (11-12, 9-7 PWC) got a complete game from Justin Lawrence. Lawrence tabbed seven strikeouts in nine innings of work, and didn’t give up a run until the eighth inning.
The Cougars trailed 5-0 after three innings in both games, and couldn’t dig out of either of the early holes. In game one Jason Plowman tossed six innings and recorded three strikeouts, while Hunter Brown posted his second straight shutout performance with two scoreless innings of relief.
Nate Namanny took over in the third inning of game two, and gave up just one hit over his four innings of work. The freshman didn’t allow a run, and finished with one strikeout and one walk. Ryan Henley went 2-for-2 in the opener, and Matt Kimmel batted 1-for-3 in game two.
The losses dropp Azusa Pacific to 5-17 overall, 3-9 in PacWest action. The Cougars will have over a week off before welcoming Hawai’i Hilo for a four game series on March 25 and 26.