RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Benedictine University at Mesa baseball team split a crazy doubleheader with the La Sierra Golden Eagles on Friday afternoon in California, falling in Game 1, 10-9 in 10 innings, but winning Game 2, 21-4.
BenU at Mesa got back on track in a big way after their Game 1 loss, pounding out 17 hits and taking advantage of seven walks in their blowout of La Sierra.
The Redhawks' explosion began in the second inning when Travis Hunt went deep for a three-run home run to give BenU at Mesa a 3-1 lead.
The runs kept coming from their, with big innings coming in the fourth and seventh innings. The Redhawks scored six in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run from Marshall Forest, and scored seven in the seventh inning, highlighted by two-RBI doubles from Hunt and David Ortiz.
Those runs were more than enough for starter Skyler Sylvester, who went all seven innings in the win, allowing just three earned runs and striking out seven.
Hunt and Christian Camacho each had three hits and five RBIs in the win, while Ortiz recorded three hits as well and Forest had two hits and three RBIs for BenU at Mesa.
The run explosion came after a disappointing loss in Game 1, as the Redhawks let a 9-3 lead heading into the eighth inning slip away from them.
BenU at Mesa would score their nine runs between the third and the fifth innings, with their biggest inning coming in the fifth, scoring four runs, highlighted by an Isaac Parra two-run double.
But the lead wasn't big enough, as the Golden Eagles scored a run in the eighth inning and five more in the ninth to tie the game, then got the winning run on a walk-off single in the tenth inning to fell the Redhawks.
Starter Jacob Gangelhoff threw well in his no decision, going seven innings, allowing just six hits and striking out four.
Parra had four hits and three RBIs to lead BenU at Mesa in the loss.