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Azusa Pacific will face the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on April 1 at LoanMart Field.

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March 31, 2014
Katie Richcreek

AZUSA, Calif.-- For the eighth time in the last 11 years the Azusa Pacific baseball team will play the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a seven-inning exhibition on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga.

“We’ve always enjoyed our relationship with the Quakes and we’re thrilled to see it continue,” Cougar head coach Paul Svagdis said. “We’re very excited to have the chance to play professional baseball players in a first class stadium. Our players will always remember this when they look back at their college careers, and we’re thankful for them to have this opportunity.”

The Cougars’ exhibition with the Quakes is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m., with tickets available for $5 through the Azusa Pacific baseball office. For ticket and game information, contact assistant coach Matt Venegas ( Proceeds for the game will benefit the Cougar baseball program, which had eight players at various levels of associated professional baseball last season, including Major Leaguers Kirk Nieuwenhuis (New York Mets) and Stephen Vogt (Oakland A’s).

Five current players competed in the most recent meeting in 2012. Senior pitcher Hunter Brown pitched a no-hit inning in the Quakes’ 13-3 win, while Danny Gonzales and Matt Kimmel also registered hits in the exhibition.

The Quakes, a Class-A Advanced California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, reached the California League playoffs in 2013, and will open the regular season just two days after the exhibition with a four-game series at home against San Jose.