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February 23, 2005
Micah McDaniel
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CS Dominguez Hills 4
Azusa Pacific 2

AZUSA, Calif.-- It had been 2 weeks since Azusa Pacific had stepped onto the field. After tonight, Azusa Pacific head coach Paul Svagdis may be wishing it had rained just one more day.

Isidro Perez hit a 2-out, 2-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh and lift NCAA Division II CS Dominguez Hills to a 4-2 non-conference win over Azusa Pacific Wednesday night in Azusa.

The win is the Toros’ second straight and improves them to 5-4 overall. Azusa Pacific drops to 1-5 with its fifth straight loss.

With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh, Kelly Strickland, the fifth of 6 Cougar pitchers, got David Leos to fly out to lead off. Nick Pursell then made a great diving snag of Houston Hernandez’s ground ball between third and short, but his throw was in the dirt and snuck by Cougar first baseman Jeff Staniland, allowing Hernandez to reach safely.

Strickland then struck out Pedro Gutierrez for what should have been an inning-ender, but Isidro connected for his second hit of the night over the right field fence to give the Toros the 4-2 lead. Both runs were unearned.

The rest was left up to Toro reliever Jason Garcia, who was sparkling in relief. Stephen Vogt’s eighth inning double to left center was the lone hit he allowed in 4 innings of relief to pick up the win.

The Cougars were threatening in the sixth when Pursell walked and Vogt singled off starter Gustavo Hernandez, but Garcia came in and immediately set the tone by striking out Staniland. After walking Coba Canales to load the bases, he induced Joe Morrison into a comebacker that went for a 1-2-3 double play. He went on to retire 7 in a row before Vogt’s double in the eighth.

Staniland gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead with a 2-run, opposite field shot in the fourth. However, the Toros answered back with a 2-out, RBI-double by Hernandez in the fifth. John Ray led off the fifth with a double and later scored on Johnny Soberal’s perfectly executed suicide squeeze to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead in the fifth. But the Toros answered back again with an RBI single by Matthew Hopps in the sixth.

The Cougars got the tying run up in the ninth after Canales led off with a walk, but Morrison hit a scorcher to shortstop, and Canales was doubled off to snuff the threat.

The Cougars finished with just 6 hits, 2 of them coming from Vogt. The Toros had 7 hits, 2 apiece from Perez and Ian Corso.