Phoenix, AZ- Arizona Christian made program history on Saturday as they completed their first ever sweep against #21 Westmont. ACU pitching was the key to the sweep as they delivered a 1.08 ERA in the series. The Firestorm capped the series with 7-3 and 5-0 wins.
The Firestorm (17-12, 8-8 GSAC) came ready to play as they scored five runs in the first three innings of game one. Junior Marco Castilla doubled and Senior Hector Ortiz walked behind Castilla before an RBI single by Junior Jonathan Nunnally, Jr. and sacrifice fly off the bat of Junior Kyle Robbins created a 2-0 lead. In the second, Junior Dom Rodriguez singled and Junior Gary Sheffield reached on a strikeout wild pitch (which scored Rodriguez after a steal and passed ball moved him up to third). Ortiz then doubled home Sheffield. Junior Michael Dunnebecke singled home Nunnally in the third to account for the 5-0 lead.
After recording a shutout on Friday, the ACU pitching staff (that consisted of just five pitchers all weekend) pushed their scoreless streak to 13 innings before the Warriors (15-11, 6-7 GSAC) finally found the scoreboard.
In the eighth, Ortiz drove home two more runs before Westmont used a two run home run in the ninth to account for the final 7-3 score.
Freshman Trevor McGee started the game and went six innings allowing just one run as he improved to 2-2 on the year. Junior Anthony Pins tossed the final three innings giving up two runs though just one hit (the home run) to earn his third save on the year.
Sheffield doubled leading off the bottom of the first. Ortiz singled Sheffield home. Nunnally followed with his eighth home run of the season for the quick 3-0 edge in the series finale.
Inning number four saw Arizona Christian score two unearned runs with Sheffield's second double of the game driving in the final run.
Meanwhile, Junior Dillon Eaves, traditionally the Friday starter, was finally handed the ball for the third game and he did not disappoint. Though he only had two 1-2-3 innings, Eaves also only surrendered five hits. He stranded runners at second and third to finish off his complete game shutout.
Head Coach Bill Swift commented, "Great weekend from the pitching staff! Clutch homeruns from Nunnally! Just really good baseball all around! Fun to be a part of (the sweep)!!!"
On Tuesday, the Firestorm will look to continue their winning ways by hosting Benedictine-Mesa for a 3:00 pm first pitch.