RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-- The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes took an early lead and never looked back in Tuesday night’s exhibition with the Azusa Pacific baseball team. The Cougars trailed 3-0 before recording an out, and saw the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate score a run in all but one inning in a 10-1, seven inning win over the Cougars.
Blake James led Azusa Pacific with two hits in the game, while sophomore Mitch Dergazarian drove in the Cougars’ lone run in third inning and went 1-for-2 from the plate. Jordan Brower registered the Cougars only other hit as Azusa Pacific combined for four hits, while the Quakes tallied 17 hits and three home runs.
The Cougars nearly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, with Dergazarian putting the go-ahead run on third after an infield single, Quakes error, and a stolen base. But Azusa Pacific couldn’t get the run across, ending the inning with a strikeout.
The Quakes jumped on the Cougars early, going ahead 3-0 with four hits in the first inning before Jacob Cage induced a 6-4-3 double play and forced an inning ending groundout. In the second frame Rancho Cucamonga added on three more hits, but scored just one run against Luis Martinez.
Azusa Pacific got on the board in the third inning after James singled down the left field line, and Andrew Carrillo reached on an error. Joseph Daris then outran a double play, using his speed to put runners on first and third with one out before Dergazarian cashed in with a high chopping groundout to first.
The Quakes went ahead 5-1 in the fourth, and scored one run in the fifth and sixth, and ended the night with a three-run seventh inning.
Seven different Cougars saw action on the mound, with Billy Sanford posting one of the night’s best outings. The freshman struck out a pair of batters, and didn’t give up an earned run in 1.1 innings. Wyatt Wood struck out one batter in his lone inning of work, and was the only Azusa Pacific pitcher to not allow a run. Seth Gill tossed the sixth inning, making a highlight reel double play when he speared a comebacker up the middle barehanded to get out of the frame with a 1-6-3 double play.
Azusa Pacific will return to Pacific West Conference play this weekend when it takes on first place Dixie State in a four-game series in St. George, beginning Thursday.