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Sloan Silences

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Published
March 3, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
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Azusa Pacific 8
Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 1

AZUSA, Calif.-- Sophomore Daniel Sloan tossed his first career complete-game, allowing just 3 hits, to lift Azusa Pacific to an 8-1 non-conference (7 inning) win over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Thursday afternoon in Azusa.

With the win, the Cougars improve 6-5 with their fifth straight win, while the Tigers, who were playing the final game of their 5-game Southern California road trip, fall to 4-6.

Sloan (2-1), making his first start of the season, faced just 5 batters over the minimum. He retired the first 7 batters he faced and then allowed just one single in the third, fourth and fifth innings. He gave up 2 seventh-inning walks and the run he allowed was unearned.

Brandon Sisk was 2-for-3, and second inning RBI-double off the left-center field fence put the Cougars up 1-0. Joe Billheimer, making his first start of the season, then had an RBI-groundout to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the fourth, but the Cougars immediately answered back with 2 more runs in their next at-bat to take a 4-1 lead. As was the case in the second, Joe Morrison and James O’Neill drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. Sisk then reached on an error by second baseman Trevor Oswald, and Morrison scored. Billheimer then delivered a sacrifice fly to score O’Neill.

Coba Canales was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, both of them coming on a bases loaded single to center in the sixth. Stephen Vogt was 2-for-4 to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 55 games, and he and Jeff Staniland had back-to-back RBI singles to cap the scoring in the sixth.