Although the Eagles battled and took the first game, they were unable to overcome a last inning comeback from the William Jessup University Warriors and split the doubleheader. Despite losing the series finale, the Eagles won the set two games to three and now hold a 3-6 Golden State Athletic Conference record.
Junior catcher Sam Thorne, who ended the game 3-4 and earned his first save after pitching 1.2 innings, gave the Eagles an early lead in the first game of the doubleheader with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning. The next batter, junior second baseman JD Meyer, hit a sacrifice fly, which scored Thorne and made the score 0-2.
Although the Warriors quickly tied the game with a pair of runs in the following inning, the Eagles just as quickly retook the lead with an RBI double from junior shortstop Alec de Watteville.
Despite William Jessup’s three-run eighth inning comeback attempt, the Eagles lasted with their double-digit runs and won the first game 10-6.
After giving up a run in the top of the first, junior starting pitcher Jimmy Gallarda settled in and pitched a complete game. The Eagles’ offense supported Gallarda as senior leftfielder Aaron Chavez hit the game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the second and senior rightfielder Jeremy Barth grounded out and allowed the tie-breaking run into score in the bottom of the fourth.
However, after allowing two runs and losing the lead in the top of the seventh, the Eagles could not come back and lost the series finale to William Jessup 3-2.
The Eagles will take a break from their GSAC schedule and play a two-game series against Dallas Christian University starting on Tuesday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.