For awhile on Friday afternoon, it didn't seem like either the Benedictine University at Mesa baseball team or the Marymount California Mariners were going to stop scoring runs.
But no matter how many the Mariners put on the board, the Redhawks always answered and them some, collecting a key 20-10 victory over Marymount to start their three-game set in what was an important game in the Cal Pac race at Gene Autry Park.
Marymount kicked off the scoring in the first inning with two runs, but BenU at Mesa answered right back with three runs, including a two-run double from Christian Camacho, to take a 3-2 lead.
Again, Marymount put up some runs in the second frame -- three to be exact. But the Redhawks would respond once more, hanging six runs on the Mariners in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Isaac Parra and a two-run triple from Marshall Forest to make it 9-5.
The Mariners would put one on the board in the third, and again the Redhawks matched it and then some, scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the frame.
Marymount made one last push in the fourth inning, scoring four runs to cut the BenU at Mesa lead to 12-10. But that would be all they could muster, as BenU scored four in the fourth and another four in the seventh to collect the win.
Forest led the way with a perfect 3-for-3 day with four RBIs in the victory. Parra and Andy Verke, Jr., also had three hits in the win, with Parra driving in three runs and Verke driving in two. Camacho also drove in three runs for the Redhawks.
The Redhawks face Marymount in their final two games of the regular season on Saturday, looking to give themselves a chance at the California Pacific Conference crown, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Gene Autry Park. It will also be Senior Day, as BenU at Mesa honors seven seniors who helped build the program this season.