SD Christian fall short for College World Series

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A best season in San Diego Christian College baseball history ended one victory short of gaining an NAIA College World Series berth after the Hawks fell to first round host The Master’s College in the final, 11-7, Saturday (May 11) at Reese Field.

The day started with a 9-7, 10-inning decision over Tabor College (Kan.) in the double-elimination event before falling to the top-seeded Mustangs.

A best season in San Diego Christian College baseball history ended one victory short of gaining an NAIA College World Series berth after the Hawks fell to first round host The Master’s College in the final, 11-7, Saturday (May 11) at Reese Field.

The day started with a 9-7, 10-inning decision over Tabor College (Kan.) in the double-elimination event before falling to the top-seeded Mustangs.

In Game 1, the top of the San Diego Christian batting order continued to dominate.
Right fielder Cade Gotta batted 3-for-4 and scored two times. He opened the game with a double to help the Hawks to early leads. Meanwhile, No. 2 batter Garrison McLagan, the designated hitter, went 2-for-4 and scored twice.

The pair set the table for Chad Erickson and Jeff Lusardi each registered three RBI, helping the Hawks to leads of 2-0, 5-2 and 7-6 before the bullpen faltered.

But in the 10th, Peter Hoyt tripled in a pair of the game-winning hit.

In Game 2, the Hawks scored four times in the 2nd inning, but the Mustangs answered with 10 runs in innings 5-7 to pull away.

Lusadi, the third baseman, hit a late solo homer, while first baseman Taylor Eichhorst went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

The Hawks end their historic season with a school-record 39 wins, advancing further than any other team in program history. The Master’s will be representing the Golden State Athletic Conference in the CWS on May 24-31 in Lewiston, Idaho.

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