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Season 2007
June 8, 2007
Scott Hodsdon and Stephen Vogt were each selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday morning, becoming the highest-drafted teammates from Azusa Pacific since 1983. Hodsdon was the sixth-round selection of the Oakland Athletics (210th overall), while Vogt was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the first selection in the 12th round (365th overall).
June 1, 2007
The senior tandem of Stephen Vogt and Scott Hodsdon became the first pair of 4-year Cougars in program history to earn NAIA All-American first team honors in the same season after rewriting just about every offensive mark in the Azusa Pacific baseball record books and leading the Cougars to their first NAIA World Series in 23 years.
May 29, 2007
The rallying cry had been, “One More Day,” but that day came early for Azusa Pacific, which was eliminated from the 51st Annual NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, with a 5-1 defeat to Houston Baptist Tuesday afternoon.
May 28, 2007
Jonny Bravo struck out 10 batters in the first 7 innings and carried a shutout into the ninth inning to lead top-seeded Azusa Pacific to a 7-4 victory over sixth-seeded Lee (Tenn.) in an elimination game Monday afternoon at the 51st Annual NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
May 26, 2007
Eighth-seeded Lindenwood (Mo.) kept its red-hot offense rolling and knocked top-seeded Azusa Pacific into the elimination bracket with a 14-9 victory over the Cougars in a contest that ended just before midnight Saturday at the 51st Annual NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
May 26, 2007
Top-seeded Azusa Pacific wrapped up a whirlwind pre-tournament schedule before settling in to prepare for tonight’s matchup with eighth-seeded Lindenwood (Mo.) at 7 p.m. at the 51st Annual NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
May 21, 2007
After an entertaining NAIA West Coast Super Regional showdown with defending NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) that saw Azusa Pacific shatter 7 previous single-season individual and team records, the Cougars return to the NAIA World Series for the first time in 23 years as the first GSAC team in Series history to earn the top seed at the double-elimination tournament beginning Fri., May 25, in Lewiston, Idaho.
May 18, 2007
Azusa Pacific made another late dash for the victory, but 3 defensive miscues proved too costly to overcome as the NAIA's top-ranked Lewis-Clark State held on for a 15-11 victory to win the NAIA West Coast Super Regional.
May 17, 2007
Azusa Pacific scored in every inning but one and for the second straight night pressed the NAIA's top pitching staff as the Cougars downed top-ranked Lewis-Clark State, 16-5, to even the best 2-of-3 West Coast Super Regional at a game apiece.
May 16, 2007
The NAIA's No. 1-ranked Lewis-Clark State scored 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh to break an 8-8 tie and then held on for a 14-11 victory over No. 2 Azusa Pacific in the first game of the NAIA West Coast Super Regional.
May 10, 2007
The winningest program in GSAC history clinched its first NAIA World Series bid since before the conference was even born when Azusa Pacific swept Concordia to win the NAIA Region II Baseball championship, defeating the Eagles 7-3 in the opener to force a winner-take-all championship that also went the Cougars’ way by a 9-5 margin.
May 9, 2007
Scott Hodsdon gave the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific its fifth victory over Biola this season, tossing a 4-hit shutout to give the Cougars a 5-0 victory over the Eagles to set up a rematch of an 11-4 defeat to defending NAIA Region II tournament champion Concordia in Thursday’s championship.
May 9, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific will take on Biola for a fifth meeting this evening in an elimination game at the NAIA Region II Baseball Playoffs after suffering an 11-4 defeat to Concordia Wednesday afternoon in Azusa.
May 8, 2007
Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in a career-high 6 runs, including a fifth-inning 3-run home run, leading the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 14-2 win over No. 25-ranked Point Loma Nazarene, eliminating the Sea Lions from the NAIA Region II Baseball Playoffs in Azusa Tuesday afternoon.
May 4, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific escaped bases-loaded 1-out jams to start and finish the game, and the Cougar offense scraped together 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth to post a 6-5 win over NAIA Region II independent Patten in the first round of the NAIA Region II Baseball Playoffs Friday afternoon in Azusa.
May 1, 2007
Scott Hodsdon and Stephen Vogt highlighted the selection of 5 Cougars to the All-GSAC team, with the senior tandem earning co-GSAC Player Of The Year honors after a spectacular regular season.
April 28, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific wrapped up the regular season with a doubleheader split at California Baptist, running its program-record winning streak to 24 games with an 8-5 win in the opener before surrendering 3 unearned runs in the final 3 innings in a narrow 4-3 defeat in the nightcap.
April 26, 2007
Stephen Vogt followed up a career day at the plate with a 2-homer game, including a walk-off solo shot in extra innings to give No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific a 14-13 win over Concordia and extend the Cougars’ program-record winning streak to 23 games.
April 25, 2007
Senior catcher Stephen Vogt went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles and a grand slam, leading the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 10-2 victory over Concordia Wednesday afternoon. The victory extends the Cougars’ program-record winning streak to 22 games.
April 21, 2007
True freshman Brice Cutspec blasted 4 home runs in a doubleheader sweep over Point Loma Nazarene, lifting the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 6-3, 4-1 sweep over the No. 16-ranked Sea Lions. The sweep clinched the Cougars’ ninth GSAC baseball championship, extended their program-record win streak to 21 games and set a new program mark for wins in a season as the Cougars improved to 41-4.
April 19, 2007
It’s official – the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific is in the program’s record books after posting its 19th straight win, the longest winning streak in program history after posting a 9-2 road win over Vanguard Thursday afternoon in Costa Mesa, a win that also handed the Cougars at least a share of their conference-record ninth Golden State Athletic Conference championship.
April 18, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific won its 18th straight game, tying the longest winning streak in program history with a 16-8 win over Vanguard Wednesday afternoon in Azusa. Scott Hodsdon and Stephen Gillette slammed 2 home runs apiece to lead the Cougars’ 17-hit attack, and Stephen Vogt broke the program’s career RBI mark with a fifth-inning single.
April 14, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific tied a season-high with 10 runs in an inning, sent a season-high 16 batters to the plate in the same inning and Scott Hodsdon set the program’s single-season RBI record in a 21-2, 7-0 doubleheader sweep over Westmont Saturday afternoon in Santa Barbara.
April 11, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific picked up where it left off nearly 2 weeks ago – in the victory column. The Cougars’ 8-3 win in a non-conference tuneup Wednesday afternoon at La Verne extended their win streak to 15 games heading into the final 10 games of the regular season.
April 4, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific scored all 5 of its runs in its final at-bat without the benefit of a single hit, taking advantage of 5 walks, a timely error and a perfectly-executed rundown. Rancho Cucamonga native Scott Hodsdon slammed the door on his hometown Quakes, the Class A California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim, striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced, and the Cougars shocked the Quakes with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night at The Epicenter.
March 31, 2007
A week ago, Scott Hodsdon was on top of the world after homering in the first game and tossing a 3-hit shutout to lead the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a season series sweep over archrival Biola. Hodsdon one-upped himself in the Cougars’ 17-12, 6-0 doubleheader sweep over San Diego Christian, hitting his NAIA-leading 16th and 17th home runs in the opener before taking a perfect game into the sixth inning and settling for a 1-hit complete-game shutout of the GSAC’s second-best offense in the nightcap.
March 29, 2007
Brad Boekestein remembered the last time Azusa Pacific posted a big victory over The Master’s just over 3 weeks ago, primarily for what happened the next day when the Mustangs handed the Cougars their last GSAC defeat. He didn’t let it happen again, guiding the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Cougars to a 6-2 victory over The Mustangs Thursday evening in Azusa.
March 28, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific plastered 7 runs in the first inning before The Master’s had an opportunity to bat, and the Cougars left Santa Clarita with an impressive 10-3 road win to extending their current GSAC-win streak to 9 games Wednesday afternoon.
March 24, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific needed no last-at bat heroics in a 9-3, 6-0 doubleheader sweep at No. 9-ranked Biola Saturday afternoon in La Mirada, giving the Cougars their first season series sweep over the Eagles in the 13 years since Biola joined the GSAC, as well as a 30th victory that made the 2007 Cougars the fastest in program history to reach 30 wins in a season.
March 21, 2007
Scott Hodsdon and Stephen Vogt helped the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific post an 8-2, 8-7 doubleheader sweep to kick off the second half of the GSAC baseball schedule with a pair of road victories over Fresno Pacific Wednesday afternoon in Visalia.
March 10, 2007
Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth lifted the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific to an 8-5 victory in the second game after a 6-5 win in the opener, giving the Cougars their sixth Saturday doubleheader sweep of the season Saturday afternoon in Azusa.
March 7, 2007
Senior Scott Hodsdon went 3-for-4 at the plate and struck out 11 batters in 8 innings on the mound, lifting the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific to an 11-3 victory over The Master’s Wednesday evening in Azusa.
March 3, 2007
In the blink of an eye, Azusa Pacific’s seemingly easy doubleheader sweep over Point Loma Nazarene turned into a split after the Sea Lions came back from a 9-2 deficit in the final 2 innings to tie it, then answered Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ eighth-inning solo shot with a back-to-back 1-out home runs to hand the Cougars the 11-10 defeat in the nightcap. Jonny Bravo tossed 7.1 innings of shutout ball for the 4-0 win in the opener.
March 1, 2007
Azusa Pacific sent 15 batters to the plate in a 10-run third inning, posting its 10th double-digit scoring game of the season in a 19-5 rout of visiting Vanguard Thursday afternoon in Azusa.
February 28, 2007
After winning 10 of its first 15 games by 7 runs or more, Azusa Pacific showed it can win close games, too, edging Vanguard 3-2 for a key GSAC road win Wednesday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Eddie Crespo drove in all 3 runs for the Cougars on a pair of 2-out singles in the 1,200th win in program history.
February 28, 2007
The Azusa Pacific baseball program has scheduled a 7-inning exhibition game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Advanced A California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The game will be played Wednesday, April 4, at 6:05 p.m. at The Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga.
February 24, 2007
Eddie Crespo's walkoff grand slam lifted Azusa Pacific to an 8-4 victory in the nightcap, and the Cougars remained in a first-place tie atop the GSAC standings with a 14-3, 8-4 doubleheader sweep over visiting Westmont Saturday afternoon in Azusa.
February 17, 2007
Azusa Pacific snagged a GSAC doubleheader road sweep, turning 3 double plays and knocking 5 doubles around the yard in the nightcap of a 10-2, 10-1 sweep over San Diego Christian Saturday afternoon.
February 14, 2007
Fresno Pacific's 2-run ninth inning in the nightcap lifted the Sunbirds to a 5-4 victory over Azusa Pacific after the Cougars pounded their way to a 15-6 win in the opener, earning a GSAC split for both teams Wednesday evening in Azusa.
February 10, 2007
Matt Venegas and Azusa Pacific baseball added a comeback in its final at-bat to complete a 20-7, 8-7 doubleheader sweep over the NAIA's No. 23-ranked Biola Saturday in Azusa, running the Azusa Pacific athletics program's record against Biola in 2006-07 to a perfect 9-0.
February 6, 2007
A 3-error fifth inning nearly cost Azusa Pacific its program-record-tying seventh straight win to open the season, but the Cougars held on for a 9-6 win at home over Whittier to raise the stakes for Saturday's GSAC-opening clash with rival Biola.
February 3, 2007
Scott Hodsdon and Jonny Bravo each posted strong pitching performances, and Hodsdon and Gillette led Azusa Pacific's 19-run, 21-hit effort with home runs in each game of the Cougars' 9-2, 10-0 doubleheader sweep. With the wins, Azusa Pacific has won its first 6 games of 2007, the first season-opening 6-game win streak since 2001.
February 2, 2007
Scott Hodsdon, Stephen Gillette and Brice Cutspec each hit home runs to lead Azusa Pacific to its fourth straight win to start the 2007 campaign, a 12-3 victory over NAIA independent Bethany Friday night in Azusa.
January 27, 2007
Senior Scott Hodsdon slammed a pair of home runs and tossed 6 strong innings to lead Azusa Pacific to a 17-5 win in the opening game of a doubleheader, and the Cougars cruised to a season-opening weekend sweep over Cal State San Marcos Saturday afternoon after the 7-4 come-from-behind win in the nightcap.