Eagles three runs short of GSAC title

The Eagles miss the opportunity for their first conference championship after they fell to a ninth inning rally by the Mustangs.

Keaton Moore, Writer

With only one win separating the Biola baseball team from their first conference championship, the Eagles proved unable to regain the lead after The Master’s College Mustangs rallied in the top of the ninth. In a back-and-forth battle, home runs from junior rightfielder Jeremy Barth and junior second baseman JD Meyer turned out to not be enough as the Eagles lost the Golden State Athletic Conference championship 10-7.

On only two days’ rest, senior starting pitcher Eric Diomartich pitched the first two innings of the game while Meyer gave the Eagles an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. However, after scoring one off Diomartich in the top of the second, the Mustangs attacked junior right-handed pitcher Jimmy Gallarda, scoring four runs in the top of the third.

One inning later, the Eagles answered with a four-run inning of their own. Fueled by a bases-clearing double from freshman centerfielder Jerron Largusa, scoring on a throwing error by the Mustangs, the Eagles took a 6-5 lead.

Although the Mustangs managed to tie the game with a run in the sixth, Barth gave the Eagles a one-run lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. With sophomore left-handed pitcher Daniel Jang on the mound, the Mustangs struck their fatal blow, scoring four runs and taking the lead in the top of the ninth.

As the Eagles finished the bottom of the ninth in order, their season also came to an end. After finishing second in an impressive postseason run, Biola wrapped up their season with a 15-15 conference record and 31-27 overall, their best since 2011.

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