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AZUSA, Calif.-- Scott Dodge and Will Craig combined for 4 home runs, 3 of them solo shots, to key the NAIA’s No. 15-ranked Point Loma Nazarene to a 7-3 GSAC win over Azusa Pacific Friday in the opening game of a 3-game weekend series.
The loss is the Cougars’ seventh straight and drops them to 12-14 overall, 7-6 GSAC. Meanwhile, the Sea Lions, who had lost 4 of their past 6, improve to 22-7, 8-4. The Cougars and Sea Lions will complete the series with a doubleheader in San Diego tomorrow at 11 a.m.
The first 5+ innings were a pitcher’s duel between Point Loma’s Jeff Teasley and Azusa Pacific’s Jason Ray. Teasley went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 6. He left with a 4-3 lead and picked up his fourth win of the season.
Ray went 5.1 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs while striking out 6 but suffered his second straight defeat to fall to 2-2.
The Cougars jumped out a quick 2-0 lead on Johnny Soberal’s 2-RBI single in the second. Chase Dunning led off with a walk, and then Scott Hodsdon followed with a double down the left field line.
Craig cut the deficit in half with a solo bomb to left in the third, and then Dodge tied it with a leadoff solo shot in the fourth.
In the fifth, Chris Cardinale gave the Cougars a 3-2 lead when he led off the fifth with his second home run of the season, a solo blast to right. However, they wouldn’t threaten again, and the Sea Lions responded with a late-inning explosion to take control.
They scored twice in the sixth when Bryce Carrier drove in David Parker with a 1-out single to left, and 2 batters later, Billy Newbery drove in Zach Robinson with a sacrifice fly to right off reliever Kelly Strickland.
After Teasley worked a quick sixth, Craig led off the seventh with another solo shot to deep left field. Strickland got Chris Simpson to ground out to second before giving up a single to Parker. Dodge then put the game out of reach with a 2-run shot to right that gave the Sea Lions a 7-3 advantage.
Brad Clipp threw the final 3 innings to pick up his third save of the season for Point Loma. He allowed just 2 hits, a double to right center by Cardinale and an infield single to Stephen Vogt, while striking out 3.
Dodge and Craig combined for 4 of the Sea Lion’s 10 hits, accounting for 5 of the Sea Lion’s 7 runs. Carrier and Parker each finished with 2 hits as well.
Cardinale finished 2-for-5, and Jeff Staniland and Hodsdon both finished 2-for-4 as the Cougars had just 8 hits and left 7 runners on base.