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Santa Clarita Split

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Published
April 30, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
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Azusa Pacific 4
The Master’s 3

The Master’s 3
Azusa Pacific 0

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific took advantage of 4 errors by The Master’s to sneak by the Mustangs, 4-3, in the opener, before being silenced by the Mustangs’ Brian Grijalva in a 3-0 setback in the nightcap of a GSAC doubleheader split Saturday afternoon in Santa Clarita.

With the split, Azusa Pacific is now 19-22 overall, 14-13 GSAC. The Master’s moves to 19-23, 8-19.

In the opener, the Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead, taking advantage of a trio of errors. They had just 7 hits in the game, and Jeff Staniland had 2 of them, including an RBI single in the third. Jonathan Dravecky reached on an error by third baseman Ben Bando and was later forced out at second on a fielder’s choice by Coba Canales. Johnny Soberal singled to left center to move Canales to third, and Staniland delivered with the first of 2 hits.

Then in the fifth, Canales drew a one out walk, and Soberal reached on a Philip Seston error, which put Canales at third and Soberal at second. Staniland then grounded to short, but Daniel Flores threw the ball away trying to get Canales at the plate. Soberal moved to third and Staniland to second, and the Cougars were up 2-0. Stephen Vogt then drew one of his 4 walks in the game, this one intentional, but Scott Hodsdon made the Mustangs pay with a 2-RBI single to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.

Canales finished with 2 hits and 2 runs.

Cougar starter Zach Pettikas (5-6) worked into the sixth. He scattered 8 hits and struck out 3 while giving up 3 runs.

The Mustangs answered with a run in the fifth when Nick Dasnaw doubled in Tim Murphy, who earlier had a one-out single. Flores then singled to put runners at the corners, but Pettikas induced an inning-ending double play from Stephen Folden to end that threat.

In the sixth, though, The Master’s made another charge. Tom Barrington had a one-out double, and Seston drove him in with a single to left. Pettikas walked Brett Jaime, and Justin Franco singled to drive in Seston. Brad Boekestein, who has only appeared in 2 previous games this year, came on in relief and got Murphy to pop out to short, and Dashnaw to groundout to end the threat. Boekestein went on to toss 2.2 innings of near perfect relief, allowing just 1 walk.

Kelly Strickland threw a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.

The nightcap was another story, however, as the Mustangs picked up their first win over the Cougars this year, snapping a 5-game losing skid.

Grijalva was masterful for the Mustangs as he allowed just 3 hits while striking out 5 in a complete-game shutout of the Cougars. It was the first time the Cougars have been shutout in 59 games (March 23, 2004), which was the longest such streak in the GSAC to that point.

Also coming to an end was Vogt’s staggering streak of reaching base safely, which he did in 84 straight games. This was the first time in his collegiate career he did not reach base safely as he went 0-for-3.

And Grijalva was the main reason. He hurled 4.1 innings of no-hit ball until Nate Leiser singled to left in the fifth. The Cougars next 2 hits didn’t come until the seventh when Staniland and Chris Cardinale led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Grijalva, though, forced Leiser into a double-play before getting Dravecky to pop out to end the game.

At the plate, just 2 guys did the damage against Hodsdon, who once again was the hard-luck loser despite coming up with a solid outing to keep his team in the game. Franco and Murphy each went 3-for-3 accounting for all of the Mustangs’ 6 hits. Murphy had 3 RBIs, and Josh Chilton, who was Franco’s courtesy runner, scored 3 times.

Franco led off the second with a single. Folden then sacrificed Chilton to second, and Murphy made it 1-0 with a double. In the fourth, Franco had a 1-out single before Chilton moved to second on Folden’s groundout. Murphy then drove him in with a 2-out single to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. The in the sixth, Franco had a 2-out single to center. Chilton then moved to second when Folden reached on an error. Murphy then delivered his third and final hit to score Chilton for the third time.

In 3 of his 4 starts this year, Hodsdon has combined for 23.1 innings allowing just 7 earned runs (2.70 ERA) while striking out 14. However, the Cougars have scored just 5 runs in those 3 starts, and as a result, he suffers his fourth straight loss of the year.