Even with an ugly loss thrown into the mix, the Benedictine University at Mesa baseball team got the result they wanted on Saturday afternoon.
The Redhawks split their doubleheader on Saturday against the University of Antelope Valley, falling in Game 1, 12-0, but winning Game 2, 7-5, at Westwood High School, winning their key three-game set against the Pioneers.
After a tough Game 1 loss, BenU at Mesa quickly turned things around in Game 2, getting a lead-off, solo home run from Nicholas Maldonado that gave them a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers would respond in the fourth inning with two runs but BenU at Mesa would answer back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single to tie the game.
The Redhawks took the lead for good in the fifth inning, getting an RBI single from Isaac Parra and a sacrifice fly from Christian Camacho to take a 4-2 lead.
BenU at Mesa would add single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, on an RBI double from Andrew Apodaca, a solo homers from Maldonado and David Ortiz, respectively.
They would need all of it, as the Pioneers would rally for three runs in the ninth inning to cut the lead to 7-5. But Joey Covert shut the door, striking out the final batter to earn the save.
Starter Daniel Tyler was solid, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on eight hits in earning the win. Maldonado had three hits, while Parra, Crow and Apodaca all had two hits in the Game 2 win.
Game 1 was all Pioneers, as BenU at Mesa tallied three hits -- all in the first inning -- and didn't record another the rest of the game in the shutout.
BenU at Mesa is tied atop the Cal Pac standings with Antelope Valley and Marymount California, but holds the tiebreaker heading into the last three series of the season.
The Redhawks are next in action on Friday, taking on La Sierra in California.