Kingsmen Take Two from Bulldogs

CLU defeats Redlands 13-5, 11-1

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013 6:08 pm

Ronnie Burton (left) had eight hits during the two games Saturday including 5-5 for in game one while Tyler Hebda earned his second win of the year after tossing 7.0 innings while allowing three runs on eight hits.

Credit: Tracy Maple Hi-res image

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Cal Lutheran scored nine runs with two outs in the bottom sixth inning to blow open game one and used a five-run inning in game two to sweep the doubleheader against Redlands Saturday afternoon at Ullman Stadium. The Kingsmen won the first game 13-5 and then used the 10–run mercy rule to defeat their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foe 11-1 in the night-cap.

A day after being held to a season-low three runs, Cal Lutheran got started early offensively on Saturday. Ronnie Burton led off game one with a single back up the middle. Nicho DellaValle followed that with a walk and then the two advanced to second and third after a passed ball. Trevor Koons later hit a seeing-eye single through the right side to drive in Burton for the first run of the game. DellaValle scored after Nick Boggan hit a dribbler back to the pitcher who then tried to turn the double-play but the throw wasn't in time, allowing CLU to go up 2-0.

Redlands broke through in the top of the fifth when Jordan Dresner had an RBI-infield single and Jason Henning followed that with another run-scoring base hit to knot the game at 2-2. Sean McMillan gave Redlands its first lead of the game when he sliced a single through left side and Dresner beat the throw at the plate to put Redlands in front at 3-2.

After Redlands starting pitcher Kyle Hart held CLU scoreless from the second to the fifth inning, the Kingsmen erupted for nine runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Petersen hit what looked like a routine fly-ball to start the inning but the Redlands left fielder lost the ball in the sun, allowing Petersen to get to second base. Hart retired the next two batters but Spencer DuBois came up with a clutch RBI-single, plating Petersen and tying the game at 3-3. Garrett Smith then singled to put runners on first and second before Burton laced his fourth hit of the day through the middle, scoring DuBois and giving CLU the lead for good at 4-3. Later, after working the count full, DellaValle drove in Smith and Burton on a triple down to right field. Koons notched the second straight extra-base hit when he plated DellaValle on a double that rolled down the left field line. CLU worked two more walks and scored another run thanks to a Petersen RBI single and pushed its lead to 10-3. DuBois capped the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with his second RBI-single of the inning, giving CLU a seven run cushion. The nine-run inning was the most CLU has scored in a single frame since last season when it also put up nine runs in the bottom of the sixth against Caltech on March 31.

Redlands scored two runs in the top of the eighth but Aaron Roth came on in relief and shut the door, striking out two and securing the win.

Burton led CLU offensively going 5-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. Petersen had three hits while DellaValle, DuBois and Koons each had two RBIs.

Mark Tumlinson had three hits in the loss for the Bulldogs.

CLU starting pitcher Tyler Hebda (2-1) had his strongest outing of the season pitching 7.0 innings, allowing three runs while scattering eight hits and striking out two.

Hart (1-4) took the loss for the Bulldogs after allowing seven runs on 10 hits.

Game two saw CLU starting pitcher Scott Peters (1-0) give up a run in the top of the first inning but then settled in, scattering two hits over the next four innings while not allowing a run.

After going hitless in game one and snapping his 13-game hit-streak, Boggan went right back to work, drilling a two-run homerun to dead center to put CLU up 2-1 in the bottom of the first.

The Kingsmen broke the game open in the bottom of the second when they plated five runs on six hits. Nick DeLorenzo led off the inning with a single and Kevin Leonard followed with another single to left field. After DuBois laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, Smith connected on the first pitch he saw and drilled the ball into centerfield, plating two runs.  A batter later, DellaValle punched a single through the middle to score Smith. Koons singled next and Boggan capped the damage with a two-run double to the opposite field, scoring DellaValle and Koons, putting CLU up 7-1.

CLU tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth after ground-out RBIs from Petersen and DeLorenzo.

Leading 10-1 in the bottom of the seventh, DellaValle flared a single into right field, scoring DuBois and giving CLU the 10-run mercy rule victory.

Boggan, Burton and Smith each had three hits in game two while DeLorenzo and Leonard had two. Boggan led CLU with four RBIs.

Peters earned his first win of the season after going 5.0 innings while allowing a lone run on five hits. Roth pitched the final 2.0 innings, striking out five batters.

Redlands starting pitcher John Keane (1-4) took the loss for the Bulldogs.

Cal Lutheran (9-5-1, 6-3 SCIAC) resumes action Thursday, March 14, when they take on No. 23 Bridgewater (Va.) in a non-conference bout. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at Ullman Stadium.

Game 1: CLU 13 UR 5
Game 2: CLU 11 UR 1 (7 innings)