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Published
March 1, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 8
CS Dominguez Hills 2

CARSON, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific scored 6 runs in the 12th inning to get a 6-2 win at CS Dominguez Hills, avenging a 4-2 setback last week to the Toros.

The win is the Cougars’ fourth in a row and moves them 5-5 overall. The Toros fall to 6-8.

The Cougars sent 11 batters to the plate in the 12th, but got just 3 hits. They benefited from freshman Michael Brown’s ineffectiveness as Brown walked 2 and hit 3 others. Canales led off with a single, Stephen Vogt then sandwiched a walk around a pair of hit batsmen, and the Cougars took a 3-2 lead.

Joe Morrison then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 before James O’Neill was hit by a pitch and Johnny Soberal followed with a walk to make it 5-2. A passed ball scored another run and then Joe Billheimer had a 2-out, 2-RBI single for the final damage.

Scott Hodsdon then made his first appearance of the season and allowed just 1 hit to close the door.

The extra innings spoiled what was a fantastic pitchers’ duel. Kelly Strickland started and threw 9 solid innings, scattering 9 hits and allowing 2 runs while striking out 6. Zach Pettikas threw a near-perfect 2 innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3 to pick up his second win of the year.

Gustavo Hernandez tossed 7.1 innings, allowing 7 hits and 1 earned run. Brown took the loss, allowing 6 runs on just 2 hits in 1.1 innings of relief.

Vogt finished 4-for-5 and had 2 RBIs, which gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead. He had an RBI single in the third and a 2-out, RBI double in the fifth before the Toros tied it with a pair in the fifth.

Canales finished with 3 hits and scored 3 times, including what turned out to be the winning run.

The teams combined for 23 hits, 9 of which were doubles.