Azusa Pacific 4
AZUSA, Calif.-- California Baptist scored 3 runs in the ninth to break a 4-4 tie and go on to a 7-4 GSAC win at Azusa Pacific Friday.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 13-16 overall, 8-8 GSAC. The Lancers improve to 14-16, 9-5.
Zach Pettikas started on the mound and battled all day for the Cougars, but when it came time for his shortest throw of the day, it sailed wide, scoring what proved to be the winning run.
Bobby Alworth led off the ninth with a walk and then stole second. Jordan Monroe then attempted to sacrifice him to third, but Pettikas fielded the ball halfway up the third base line. His hurried throw to James O’Neill sailed into left field, allowing Alworth to score and Monroe to move to second. After Pettikas struck out Ryan Wigley, Monroe moved to third on Robert Hood’s groundout.
Monroe then scored on a wild pitch after which Joey Hendricks singled to left. Aaron Suess, who earlier hit his fifth home run of the season in the Lancers’ 4-run third, doubled in Hendricks for the final run of the game.
Pettikas went 8.2 innings, allowing 6 earned runs and striking out 5.
The Cougars had the tying run at the plate with one out in the ninth but could not score again as Lancer reliever Aaron Hartsock closed the door to get the win. Despite 11 hits, the Cougars left 12 runners on base.
The teams combined to hit 10 doubles. Joe Morrison was 3-for-5 and had a 2-RBI double in the first that gave the Cougars a quick 2-0 lead.
The Lancers, though, responded in the third. Hood delivered a 2-RBI single, and Suess hammered a 2-run shot down the left field line to make it 4-2. However, Pettikas settled down and was dazzling for the next 5 innings as he didn’t allow a run until the fateful ninth.
After Canales walked to lead off the fifth, and Vogt singled, Morrison drove in his third run of the game with an RBI single to bring the Cougars within 4-3. James O’Neill and Chris Cardinale then hit back-to-back 2-out doubles to tie the game at 4-4 in the sixth off starter Ross Stout, who went 7.1 innings, scattering 9 hits and giving up 4 earned runs while striking out 8.
Vogt also finished 3-for-5 to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 73 consecutive games. Five other Cougars had a hit, and Cardinale scored twice.