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Baseball - Sat, Feb. 1, 2014

LA MIRADA, Calif. --- After their offense sputtered to a shutout in game one, The Eagles got the bats working in the bottom of the seventh in game two to get a walkoff win over the Westmont Warriors.

 Both of the contests of today's doubleheader were a close as could be, as the four starting pitchers combined to go just over 22 innings and gave up just eight earned runs.
 
Biola got a fantastic game out of their game one starter, Jesse Yankosec. He went six full innings and gave up three earned runs to get saddled with the loss, but looked very impressive with the exception of one rough inning late in his stay.
 
The Eagles just had nothing going against the Warriors' starter Russell Harmening. He threw eight full innings, surrendering just five hits to the Biola lineup.
 
"Their guy did a great job, he threw a lot of good pitches to keep us off balance," said Head Coach Jay Sullenger.
 
Once he was done Hunter Christenson entered the game for Westmont and slammed the door shut on the Eagles' hitters in the ninth.
 
In addition to only being able to muster five hits, Biola only had five runners reach second base all afternoon as they fell to the Warriors, 3-0.
 
Game two was where all of the excitement came for Eagles' fans. Eric Diomartich got the start and was shutting the Warriors down as Biola put together a quick 2-0 lead with a two-run third inning.
 
A Sam Thorne sacrifice fly and RBI single by Boone Farrington helped Biola taste a lead for the first time of the day. The advantage seemed to be solid as Diomartich was cruising, but that came to a sudden halt in the fifth inning.
 
A string of singles and doubles accounted for a three hit, five run inning and made the day begin to look dismal for Biola.
 
As the Eagles' bats stayed silent, Westmont was able to tack on one more run in the top of the seventh, which seemed like it would just add some insurance on a win as they took a 6-2 lead.
 
Then everything changed.
 
Johnny Farrington opened Biola's half of the final inning with a single. The Eagles' leadoff man, Rob Groeschell, came up with yet another clutch hit when he doubled down the left field line to give BU runners on second and third with no outs.
 
Tanner Swire picked up his fourth and fifth RBI of the season with a single to bring the game within two. Biola was able to load the bases after that and had a prime opportunity with the bases loaded an no outs.
 
Boone Farrington singled home a run to make it a one-run game, and then the stage was set for a huge comeback as David McNeill came to the plate.
 
McNeill was seemingly sacrificing himself to try and bring home the tying run as he hit a ground ball to the third baseman. Graylin Derke fielded the ball and tried to get the out at the plate. When his throw sailed wild, the Eagles were able to score the game-winning run as Michael Annunziata crossed the plate.
 
"The guys just stayed with it and put up a really big number there in the bottom of the seventh," said Sullenger. "We were able to string a few hits together and the guys really were able to execute."
 
Biola moves to 3-5 (2-4 GSAC) and Westmont falls to 3-5 (1-4 GSAC) after the Eagles took two of three games in the series.
 
They return to the field on Monday morning for a doubleheader against College of Idaho. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.