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February 5, 2005
Micah McDaniel
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CS Stanislaus 9
Azusa Pacific 6

CS Stanislaus 5
Azusa Pacific 3

TURLOCK, Calif. -- For the second day in a row CS Stanislaus came from behind to get a win, only today the Warriors did it twice.

In the opener, the Warriors erased a 6-2 deficit to earn a 9-6 win, and then they completed the 3-game series sweep by scoring twice in their last at-bat for a 5-3 win.

Azusa Pacific falls to 1-3 overall, while the Warriors improve to 3-0.

Jeff Staniland hit a grand slam in the third to give the Cougars a 6-2 lead in game one. Though, as became the theme for the weekend, the Warriors scrapped their way back. They tied it with an RBI groundout in the fifth off reliever Daniel Sloan, and then took the lead for good with a 2-out RBI-single in the sixth. For good measure, the Warriors added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.

Staniland and Stephen Vogt both had 2 hits, while Scott Hodsdon was 4-for-5 with a pair of runs and an RBI.

Kelly Strickland started and lasted 3.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 earned runs. Sloan went 3.2 innings of relief and surrendered 4 earned runs to suffer the loss.

In the nightcap, Nick Pursell gave the Cougars a quick 2-0 lead with a 2-RBI double in the first. The Warriors got one back in the second off starter Brandon Sisk with an RBI double in the second. They took a 3-2 lead with a leadoff home run and an RBI single in the fourth.

But Chase Dunning drove in James O’Neill, who doubled to lead off the seventh, to tie the game at 3-3. In the bottom of the seventh though, Zach Pettikas gave up a one-out single before getting the second out. But Jesus Hernandez gave the Warriors their second walk-off win of the series with a 2-run homer.

Sisk went 4 innings and gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs while recording 6 strikeouts. Pettikas, who was dazzling for 2+ innings, ended up allowing just the 2 earned runs in taking the loss.

Staniland and Hodsdon both finished with 2 hits.