PASADENA, Calif. - The bats were working for the Benedictine University at Mesa baseball team on Friday afternoon.
Oh, they were most definitely working.
The Redhawks pounded out 17 hits, including four home runs as they drubbed the Providence Christian College Sea Beggars, 22-1 in seven innings, on Friday in a California Pacific Conference showdown in California.
Things didn't start off red hot for BenU at Mesa, but they did build themselves a 6-1 lead heading into the fifth inning, thanks to two runs in the first and three in the fourth.
But then things really got going in the fifth and sixth innings, as the Redhawks put up nine runs in the fifth and another six runs in the sixth to really take control of the game.
Marshall Forest led the home run parade for BenU at Mesa, launching two home runs and driving in school-record seven runs for the Redhawks in the win. Johnny Garcia and Travis Hunt also homered, while David Ortiz had a pinch-hit grand slam in the victory.
Starter Jacob Gangelhoff had more than enough support from the lineup, as he went five innings, allowing just seven hits and zero earned runs, all while striking out five in collecting the win.
The same two teams are back at it on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 a.m. in California.