The Benedictine University at Mesa baseball team did its part by sweeping the final two games of the regular season against Marymount California, 13-1, 10-0, on Saturday afternoon at Gene Autry Park, finishing the regular season with a 36-17 overall record and a 23-7 record in conference play.
Now, they play the waiting game after finishing a game behind Antelope Valley for the California Pacific Conference title and automatic berth in the NAIA Tournament, hoping their resume is good enough for an at-large bid into the tourney.
The Redhawks dominated from start to finish in both games on Saturday, putting four runs on the board in the first inning in Game 1, all with two outs, to take a 4-0 lead. Chandler Crow had the big hit in the inning, plating two on a single to right field.
BenU at Mesa would continue the onslaught, with three runs in the second, two in the third and one more in the fourth to build up a 10-0 lead.
Those runs would be more than enough for starter Skyler Sylvester, who pitched all seven innings giving up just one earned run on nine hits and striking out three batters in earning the win.
The Redhawks would finish Game 1 early, plating three more runs in the sixth inning, including two on a double from Nicholas Maldonado, to provide the final tally.
Isaac Parra and Christian Camacho each tallied three hits and two RBIs in the win, while Chandler Crow finished with three RBIs for the Redhawks.
The Redhawks continued to put up runs in Game 2, tallying three in the first inning, two of which came on an RBI triple from Andy Verke, Jr., to take a lead.
BenU at Mesa would add a single run in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth to push the lead to 7-0. Josue Ruiz would finish the game off for the Redhawks at the plate, ripping a triple to right-center field to clear the bases in the seventh inning, providing the final tally.
Starter Daniel Tyler went six-and-a-third innings in the win, allowing just five hits on the afternoon. Marshall Forest had three hits in the Game 2 win to lead the Redhawks at the plate.
BenU at Mesa will now wait to see if they did enough in the regular season to receive an at-large bid into the NAIA Tournament. They currently sit at No. 40 in the Bo Chip Index, a ratings system that helps determine the field for the tourney.