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Brendan Casey accounted for the Cougars' only run of the day, hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning.

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April 5, 2013
Chris Baker
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RIVERSIDE, Calif.--The Azusa Pacific baseball team lost its second straight game to California Baptist, falling 11-1 to the second-place Lancers on Friday afternoon. The Cougars recorded just five hits in the loss, and didn’t score their first run until CBU (23-9, 16-2) built a 10-0 lead by the seventh inning.

Brendan Casey drove in Azusa Pacific’s (9-23, 7-15) only run on a solo bomb in the seventh inning, finishing the day 2-for-4 from the plate. The rest of the Cougar lineup batted 3-for-27 thanks to a strong start from Jon Bengard, and two shutout innings of relief from the Lancers’ bullpen. Bengard improved to 7-0 with the win.

Zach Hedges took his fourth loss of the season (3-4) after tossing 4.1 innings and giving up three earned runs. He held the Lancers scoreless in the first two inning, but CBU scored in five straight innings, with five runs coming in the sixth, to go ahead 10-0. CBU tabbed 15 hits, scoring double-digit runs for the second consecutive game against the Cougars.

In the sixth inning the Lancers put up a five-spot, scoring on a sac fly with runners on first and third and one out. CBU then scored four more runs with two outs, all coming on back-to-back home runs to make it a 10-0 game. In the fifth California Baptist hit a leadoff homer, following up its two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Lancers hit five home runs in the game.

Azusa Pacific stranded runners in the first, second, and fourth innings, and finished with six men left on base. The Cougars only real threat came in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. But an inning-ending double play kept Azusa Pacific from adding to its one run.

The loss brings Azusa Pacific’s road record in PacWest play to 3-11. The Cougars will hope to improve on that on Saturday when they take on the Lancers in a doubleheader in Riverside at noon.