RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Benedictine University at Mesa baseball team came into Sunday's game against La Sierra trailing by one game in the California Pacific Conference race against Antelope Valley, needing a win to keep pace.
And they did just that, although it took extra innings for the Redhawks to down the Golden Eagles, 11-7 in 10 innings, on Sunday in California.
BenU at Mesa needed a comeback first in regulation. They trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh inning, but erupted for three runs to tie the game, taking advantage of some hit batters and crucial error by La Sierra to make it 4-4,
An inning later, the Redhawks would take a 7-4 lead, highlighted by a two-run home run from Travis Hunt. The Golden Eagles would respond in the bottom half of the eight with three runs to tie the game up at seven.
In extra innings, it didn't take long for BenU at Mesa to end, scoring four in the top half of the frame, two on a double from Nicholas Maldonado, to provide the final tally.
Maldonado drove in four runs for the Redhawks in the win, while Marshall Forest and David Ortiz each had two hits.
BenU at Mesa also played a non-conference game on Saturday against Bethesda University, falling 19-9. Tim Montoya had four hits and four RBIs, including a home run, while Nicolas Durazo tallied three hits in the loss for BenU at Mesa.
The Redhawks are back in California next weekend, taking on Providence Christian in a three-game set on Friday and Saturday.