SANTA BARABARA, Calif. – Gabriel Hemmer tossed eight innings in Game 1 while Joey Aquino lasted 6.1 in Game 2 as the Hawks defeated Westmont 6-3 and 7-2 to secure the series sweep.
Hemmer dominated the mound for the Hawks in his eight innings thrown striking out 14 and allowing just four hits. He was charged with just one earned run.
The Hawks did however trail early on. David Gabel took Hemmer's pitch over the fence for his first homerun on the season. It gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
San Diego Christian responded with a three run fourth inning. After back-to-back singles by Cade Gotta and Chad Erickson,Jeff Lusardi singled home Erickson to tie it at 1-1. Peter Hoyt later came up to bat with the bases loaded and hit a double to left field scoring Taylor Eichhorst and Chris Davidson for the 3-1 lead.
Each team scored two runs in the fifth but SDC bought some insurance with a run in the eighth. Steven Bunnell came in relief for Hemmer to earn his first save of the season.
In Game 2, it was another impressive pitching performance, this time by Aquino. In the 6.1 innings, Aquino gave up seven hits and struck out six while giving up just two earned runs. Those earned runs came in the second inning as Aquino shut down the Warriors for the next 4.1 innings.
The game was called in the bottom of the seventh with one out and two runners on base for Westmont.
San Diego Christian scored a run in the first and second innings to lead 2-0 before the 2-run bottom of the second by Westmont.
But the Hawks blew the lead open in the sixth and seventh scoring five runs total between the innings. After a Vierra double led of the sixth, Hoyt drove him in with a double of his own for the 3-2 SDC lead. Hoyt later scored off a Christian Johnson single.
In the top of the seventh Hoyt delivered again. He singled home Michael Stowers and Vierra. Hoyt finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and two runs. He finished 4-for-7 on the day. Lusardi also had big day at the plate going 4-for-8 with 2 RBI.
The Hawks will travel again in their next set of games as they take on La Sierra on Tuesday before welcoming The Master's College in the home opener on Friday.