Point Loma Nazarene 13
Azusa Pacific 3
Azusa Pacific 8
Point Loma Nazarene 3
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Sophomore Brandon Sisk tossed a complete-game 6-hitter to lift Azusa Pacific to an 8-3 win over the NAIA’s No. 15-ranked Point Loma Nazarene in the nightcap to salvage a split of a GSAC doubleheader Saturday.
The Sea Lions took the opener, 13-3.
With the split, the Cougars move to 13-15 overall, 8-7 GSAC. The win in the nightcap brings a halt to the Cougars’ season-long 8-game losing skid, the second longest losing streak in program history. Point Loma Nazarene is now 23-8, 9-5.
Sisk (3-2), who was second in the GSAC with a 1.93 ERA coming into the game, gave up just 3 hits in the first 5 innings. He allowed 3 runs but just one of them was earned, and he struck out 6 in his third complete-game of the season.
As they had done in the first 2 games of the series, the Cougars took an early lead when Scott Hodsdon drove in Chris Cardinale and Coba Canales with a fourth-inning single.
In the fifth, the Cougars finally put some distance between them and the Sea Lions when the plated 4 to take a 6-0 lead. James O’Neill hit a 1-out double down the right field line, and after Cardinale moved him to third on a groundout and Canales walked, Jeff Staniland delivered and RBI single to left.
Stephen Vogt was 1-for-3 with a walk, and he followed Staniland’s single with a 3-run shot off Matt Tuttle, his second homer in as many games.
The Sea Lions scored twice in the sixth, taking advantage of a Cougar error. Staniland then smashed his sixth home run of the season, a 2-run shot, in the seventh before the Sea Lions scored another unearned run in the seventh.
Cardinale finished with 2 hits and 2 runs.
In the opener, the Sea Lions took advantage of an untimely Cougar error to plate 7 runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away.
Vogt was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBIs. He hit a solo home run to lead off the second and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Then, after the Sea Lions took a 6-1 lead with 4 runs in the fourth, he had an RBI triple in the sixth, which was followed by a Chase Dunning groundout that cut the deficit in half at 6-3.
The Cougars had just 5 hits, just one after the sixth inning. Taylor Cameron (6-2) handcuffed the Cougars all day. In 8 innings of work, he allowed just 5 hits, 3 runs and struck out 7.
Zach Pettikas (3-4) started and gave up just 2 runs in 3 innings before being lifted for Hodsdon, who went 4.2 innings, allowing 6 hits. Hodsdon was the victim of some shaky Cougar defense as he gave up 10 runs but just 3 of them were earned. The Cougars committed 4 errors, including 2 in the eighth.
Kurt Steinhauer led off the eighth by reaching on a Nate Leiser error. Hodsdon then forced David Parker into a flyout before walking Scott Dodge and giving up a single to Zach Robinson that loaded the bases. He then struck out Bryce Carrier for what should have been the third out, but then gave up a walk to Billy Newberry and a 2-RBI double to Kevin Campbell, and the Sea Lions were off and running.
Dunning, Jonathan Dravecky, and O’Neill were the only other Cougars to get a hit.