Kingsmen Split, Earn Series Victory
Cal Lutheran splits with Chapman Saturday afternoon
ORANGE, Calif. – For the second straight weekend, the Cal Lutheran baseball team split its Saturday doubleheader while earning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) series victory. The Kingsmen defeated Chapman 7-3 in game one but could not complete the sweep, falling to the Panthers in game two 9-6 Saturday afternoon at Hart Park.
After surrendering a run in the bottom of the first, Cal Lutheran got its first runs of the day in the second inning when Jake Petersen and Spencer DuBois came home on a two-run single from Garrett Smith.
CLU starting pitcher Tyler Hebda (1-1) settled in after the first, pitching four shutout innings and allowing the Kingsmen to continue to build their lead.
Nick DeLorenzo led off the top of the fourth with a double down the right field line and later scored on an RBI single from DuBois, putting CLU up 3-1.
Chapman countered in the next inning with two runs on three hits to even the score at 3-3. CLU avoided any further trouble when Aaron Roth (2-1) came on in relief of Hebda and got Eddie Aguayo to line out with runners on first and third for the final out of the inning.
The Kingsmen finally broke the game open in the top of the seventh when Ronnie Burton scored on an RBI double off the bat of Nick Boggan. Petersen followed that with a sacrifice fly that drove in Nicho DellaValle and pushed the CLU lead to 5-3.
Cal Lutheran pushed across two insurance runs in the top of the ninth after Petersen again drove in DellaValle, this time with an RBI single. The Kingsmen got their final run of the game when Boggan came home on a passed ball.
Roth did not allow a Panther hit of the final two innings as he secured the victory for CLU and earned his second win of the year.
DellaValle and DeLorenzo led CLU offensively with two hits apiece while Petersen had an RBI for the third straight game.
Hebda went 5.1 innings giving up three runs on nine hits while Roth pitched the final 3.2 innings and only allowed one Chapman hit.
Game two saw Chapman score six runs in the bottom of the second and held on over the next seven innings to salvage a game in the series.
The Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the first before Mark Saatzer lined a two-run single into right field to put CU up 4-1. Chapman added on its lead three batters later when Andrew Carbajal ripped a ball into the right- center gap, good for a two-RBI double.
The Kingsmen followed the big inning by Chapman with a five-run inning of their own in the top of the third. Following a double-play, Boggan homered for the fifth time in six games when he hit a towering shot over the right field fence. Following the homerun, Cal Lutheran laced together five consecutive singles with C.J. Picerni scoring two with his base-hit. Smith capped the inning with an RBI single that brought Cal Lutheran to within two at 8-6.
However that was the end of the scoring for CLU as Chapman relief pitcher Taber Watson (2-1) came on pitched the final 6.1 innings while allowing just four hits and striking out eight batters.
With Boggan’s homerun in the third, the senior pushed his SCIAC-leading total to six and extended his hit-streak to nine games. DellaValle’s 2-for-4 performance marked the seventh straight game the junior had at least two hits. DeLorenzo, Petersen, and Smith also had two hits in the finale.
Cal Lutheran (7-4-1, 4-2 SCIAC) resumes action Friday, March 8, when they travel to Redlands to take on the Bulldogs for a three-game series. First pitch for game one is set for 2:30 p.m.