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Baseball - Sat, Feb. 8, 2014

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Rain earlier in the week brought the double header against Cal State San Marcos this weekend north to the San Marcos campus.

The change of venue didn't faze No. 22 San Diego Christian as they swept the No. 16-ranked Cougars 9-2 in Game 1 and 7-6 in Game 2.


With the wins, the Hawks improve to 10-2 on the season while Cal State San Marcos falls to 3-7.


Mark Vazquez earned the win in the first game throwing six strong innings allowing seven hits, two runs, only one earned. His record sits at 2-1 on the season. Lefty-reliever Steven Bunnell worked the 3-inning save for his second of the season. He didn't allow a hit and struck out one.


A scoreless top half of the inning brought SDC's first chance of the day to make some noise, and they delivered with three runs in the bottom of the first without even recording a hit.


Cade Gotta led charge with a walk and stolen base. Chad Erickson struck out swinging next but reached base after the ball found the dirt and squirted away from the catcher. After another wild pitch from Cougar's Hunter Brown put SDC's runners on second and third. An error by the third baseman scored Gotta, a sac fly a batter later scored Erickson and a wild pitch scored Taylor Eichhorst for a 3-0 lead.


Leading 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Michael Stowers led of the inning with a solo homer to left field, his first of the season. SDC added three more runs to clinch Game 1.


Stowers finished Game 1 going 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run.


In Game 2, it was much of the same as the Hawks capitalized on miscues by the Cougars. Four errors gave SDC four runs and ended up being the difference make in the second game.


Only three RBI's were record for the Hawks, two by Luke Bando and one by Eichhorst.


SDC flame-thrower Gabriel Hemmer was roughed up on the outing only lasting 3.2 innings allowing nine hits and four runs. Calvin Chambers earned the win in relief as he improves his record on the season to 3-0. Dawson Jones allowed two runs in the seventh but recorded his first save of the season.


After each team scored runs early, the Hawks blew the game wide open in the bottom of the third. Two walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases loaded with one out before an error scored two. Stowers was next with runners on second and third and was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Another error scored Erickson from third base to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead. Bando slammed a single past the infield for the first hit of the inning and plated two to increase the lead to 6-1.


The Cougars responded after the 5-run third with three runs of their own making Hemmer leave the game after the season-low 3.2 innings.


Leading 7-4 in the last inning of the game, San Marcos recorded two runs on two hits to give the Hawks a scare but Jones got Rich Montanez to ground out to end it. SDC scored the seven runs on just three hits. The Cougars recorded 11 hits for their six runs.


The Hawks will have a busy week of play next week as they play five games in as many days starting with a game Tuesday at Point Loma before returning on the day after to play Corban (Ore.). Both games start at 2 p.m.