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April 9, 2005
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 8
California Baptist 7

California Baptist 4
Azusa Pacific 3 (10)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Jordan Monroe’s 2-out, RBI-single in the bottom of the tenth lifted California Baptist to a 4-3 win in the nightcap of a GSAC doubleheader, salvaging a split for the Lancers.

The Cougars took the opener, 8-7.

With the split, Azusa Pacific is now 14-17 overall, 9-9 GSAC.

Scott Hodsdon started the nightcap for the Cougars in place of the injured Brandon Sisk and pitched brilliantly. Although, he eventually got pinned with the loss, Hodsdon went 9.2 innings, scattering 7 hits, and allowing 3 earned runs while striking out 6.

The Lancers loaded the bases with 2 outs in the tenth. Hodsdon got Joey Hendricks to fly out to start the inning before giving up a double to Aaron Suess and setting up a force play with an intentional walk to Steve Goins. After a Mike Swain fly out to center, Hodsdon walked Kevin Wright to load the bases.

Kelly Strickland came on in relief to face Monroe, who singled to score Suess with the game-winner.

Stephen Vogt was 3-for-5 for the Cougars, and Johnny Soberal was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

The Lancers took a 3-0 lead with a run in the first and 2 more in the third. However, Hodsdon kept the Cougars in the game from that point, putting up 6 consecutive scoreless innings.

Jeff Staniland had a 1-out double in the sixth and moved to third on Vogt’s single. Joe Morrison then drove in Staniland with a single, and Soberal later tied the game with a 2-RBI double to left center.

Twice in the extra innings, the Cougars put the potential winning run at third base with less than 2 outs but failed to drive it in.

The opener was a reversal of fortune for the Cougars, who yesterday dropped a heartbreaking 7-4 game to the Lancers, giving up 3 runs in the ninth and enabling the winning run to score on an error.

This time, the Lancers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 7-4 lead. In the Cougars’ half of the ninth, Soberal delivered a 2-out bases loaded single to make it 7-5. Morrison then scored on Kevin Johnson’s wild pitch. Johnson then forced James O’Neill to ground to short, but Ryan Wigley’s throw sailed over Wright’s head, and the Cougars took an 8-7 lead when John Ray and Soberal scored.

Reliever Jason Madsen then threw a perfect ninth to get the win. He finished with 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and 3 unearned runs while striking out 6. Jason Ray started and allowed 4 runs in 6 innings in getting the no-decision.

The Lancers led 2-1 in the seventh when Staniland led off with a single to left. Vogt then hammered a 2-run shot to left center, and Morrison followed with a bomb to right to give the Cougars a 4-2 lead. The Lancers tied the game with a pair of runs in their half of the seventh.

The Cougars left 11 runners on base in the opener and a combined 19 in the 2 games.

Staniland finished 3-for-5. Vogt was 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Soberal was also 3-for-5, and Morrison was 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs.