Baseball on a seven-game winning streak

The Eagles continue their dominance with two victories over Hawaii Hilo.

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Joey Mistretta, Freelance Writer

As spring break begins at Biola University and many students are leaving for vacation, the Biola Baseball team traveled to Hawaii on what they are calling a “business trip.” After winning five straight games going into Friday’s contest, the Eagles were looking to continue their hot streak against the University of Hawaii Hilo Vulcans. After a long flight and a two-hour time change, the Eagles continued their winning ways by taking game one 10-6 and game two 4-1.

GAME ONE: EAGLES HOMER THEIR WAY TO VICTORY

If you are a fan of pitching and defense, game one was not your cup of tea. The Eagles homered a total of four times to lead the team to a 10-6 win. Senior third baseman Jacob Portaro led the offensive charge with five hits, including a home run and two RBIs. Junior outfielder Brandon Cody also contributed two hits and a home run with two RBIs as well. Junior shortstop Connor Kostecka and junior designated hitter Ryan Gallegos both homered as well. 

While this was an offensive showcase, the Eagles had some impressive performances on the mound. Junior left-handed pitcher David Ryan came into the game for early relief in the third and battled through five solid innings to save Biola from overtaxing its bullpen. Ryan had three strikeouts and allowed three runs in the effort. Junior left-handed pitcher Bentley Acee and sophomore right-handed pitcher Tyler Mead shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings to seal the deal and give Biola the 10-6 victory.

GAME TWO: SCORING EARLY AND OFTEN

The Eagles’ offense came out hot in game two as they scored four quick runs within the first four innings. The early offense was led by sophomore center fielder Tyler Baca, who went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Larson Kindreich got the start and continued his recent run of dominance by allowing no runs or hits while striking out five over a brief three-inning appearance. Right-handed freshman Andrew Beauvais came in to relieve Kindreich. Beauvais lasted 4.2 innings, only giving up one run on two hits. Biola went on to claim the victory by a final score of 4-1. 

WHAT’S NEXT?

Biola will stay in Hawaii for the rest of the weekend with two more games against Hawaii Hilo on Saturday, Feb. 29. Game one will begin at 5 p.m. and game two at 8 p.m.

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