COSTA MESA, Calif. - Having lost game three of their Norcal Series with William Jessup, the Vanguard University Lions (27-17) had a non-conference contest waiting for them at home, to help them get back on track. The Lions hosted Marymount California University (20-16) in a rematch of their first encounter, a month prior. The Mariners defeated the Pride 15-10 in their first game, but this second game was a completely different story. The Blue and Gold avenged their previous defeat with a 19-0 victory, their biggest win of the season so far.
The Mariners were up to bat first in this one, but only mustered a single hit before striking out. The Lions then capitalized on this initial defensive success, by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Shane Elias-Calles (JR/Mission Viejo, CA) earned an RBI with Brandon Sandoval (SR/Fallbrook, CA) dealing the first blow, before scoring himself following a Michael Fuchs (JR/Irvine, CA) single to right field. The Pride soon extended this 2-0 lead to 9, with a stunning seven runs in the bottom of the second. Josh Weeks (FR/Murrieta, CA), Sandoval, and Bryce Wetherell (JR/Chattaroy, WA) all scored, before Trai Patrick (SR/Everett, WA) blasted the ball out of the park. In addition to scoring himself, Patrick earned 2 RBIs with Elias-Calles on base. Brock Eissman (SR/San Clemente, CA) almost immediately followed suit, with the Blue and Gold's second homer of the game. He also earned two RBIs, with Fuchs on base. Moving ahead to the fourth inning, Weeks hammered the Pride's third home run of the contest with Tanner Perry (JR/El Cajon, CA) on base, for another two runs. At this point the Mariners had only managed a meager three hits, in what was rapidly becoming a very tough day at the office for the traveling side. Nevertheless, the trend would continue with the Lions scoring another eight runs in the final five innings. In addition to these eight runs, Perry bombed the Pride's fourth and final ball out of the park, to cap off a truly marvelous performance. With his homer, Perry scored three runs while going 1-2 at bat. Five different pitchers took the mound for the Pride, with Michael Kashou (FR/Anaheim, CA) starting and pitching five innings for the win. Tyler Skinner (JR/Dos Palos, CA), Akoni Arriaga (SR/Wailuku, HI), Kurt Gairing (JR/Corona, CA), and Roberto Johnson (SR/San Marcos, CA) all pitched an inning each in the final four innings.
Next Game: Friday, April 21 against The Master's University at 3:00 p.m.