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Baseball - Sun, Mar. 17, 2013

LA MIRADA, Calif. --- Freshman pitcher Josh Staumont continued his dominance over The Master's throwing a complete game and allowing just two hits as Biola won a three-game GSAC series with a split of a doubleheader, winning game one 11-2 before falling 5-3 in game two on Saturday.

The Eagles wrap up the weekend with a record of 18-13 and sit at 10-11 in GSAC play. The Mustangs move to 22-9 and remain atop the conference standings at 15-6.

Staumont, who was the first pitcher in Biola's combined no-hitter at The Master's earlier this year, picked up right where he left off in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The freshman did not allow a hit through the first 6-1/3 innings before a one-out single by Spencer Downs ended the no-hit bid.

The single snapped a streak of 11-2/3 no-hit innings against The Master's by Staumont, who wound up giving up just two hits and two late runs to earn the win--his first since Feb. 16. He improves to 4-3 on the season and drops his ERA to 3.50.

Staumont received a boatload of run support as the Eagles scored 11 runs on 12 hits including a big seven-run fifth inning to put the game away.

Biola scored first in the contest as Sam Thorne and Michael Annunziata collected back-to-back singles to open the second. The Eagles would then score Thorne from third on a double play and take the early 1-0 lead.

The score would stay that way until the fifth inning when Biola erupted for seven runs. Annunziata led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on a single by Sage Poland. Michael Chriss was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Johnny Farrington came through with a clutch single through the right side to make it 2-0.

After a strikeout, Vince Lawrence drove home a pair of runs with a single to left to double the Eagles' lead to 4-0. Benji Sutherland followed with a single to re-load the bases and Nick Oddo brought in a run with a walk. Thorne would bring in another run with a ground out and Annunziata put the finishing touch on the inning with a two-run single to make it 8-0.

In the seventh, Biola tacked on two more as Oddo plated a pair of runs with a double down the right-field line to stretch the lead to 10-0.

Chriss then capped the scoring for the Eagles with a solo home run to left in the eighth inning to make it 11-0.

Staumont would have a bit of trouble going for the complete game in the ninth as Steve Karkenny led off the inning with a double. A fly out moved him to third and Staumont then put another on with a hit batter. Back-to-back wild pitches brought home one run and a ground out brought home another before a pop out ended the game.

Despite those two ninth-inning runs, Staumont's final line was impressive nonetheless. He went nine innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out eight and walking four, throwing 127 pitches total.

In the second game, The Master's took control first, getting a pair of runs in the third inning on a two-out, two-run double by Downs.

Biola rallied in the fourth, loading the bases on a walk, single and hit batter with no outs. After an infield fly, Annunaziata brought home one run with a single to right, but the second run was gunned out at the plate. Biola would get just the one run and still trailed 2-1 through four.

The Master's got what proved to be a big insurance run in the top of the sixth inning as Joe Riddle hit a solo home run to make it 3-1.

Biola would rally again in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a rare error by The Master's. With two out, the fielding error extended the inning and Annunziata came through with a clutch double to bring in a run and make it 3-2. After a walk, pinch-hitter James Petrilli tied the game with a single up the middle. With two on and still two out, a passed ball allowed the Eagles to put both runners in scoring position, but a ground out ended the threat.

The Master's wasted no time taking back the lead, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh, then holding on in the bottom of the frame for the 5-3 win.

Freshman starter Trevor Oaks pitched well, allowing just four earned runs over 6-2/3 innings, striking out five. Both runs in the seventh were charged to Oaks, who falls to 2-4 on the season.

Annunziata was the offensive star for the Eagles, going 4-for-6 in the two games with four RBIs and two runs scored. Sutherland also collected four hits overall and scored a pair of runs.

Biola ends up taking the season series from The Mustangs, winning four of six on the season. The Eagles have now won 11 of the last 14 games against The Master's and is 24-5 against the Mustangs since 2000.

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