PHOENIX, Ariz. --- Arizona Christian University's baseball team woke up on the right side of the bed Saturday morning, as the Firestorm beat the Eagles of Biola University 5-3 in game 1 and then ended the day with an extra inning 1-0 victory.
With both wins on the day, the Firestorm improve to 3-6 on the season and in the GSAC. The Eagles fall to 5-9 overall and 3-6 in conference.
Tommy Lay (2-1) got the nod in game 1 and hurled an eight inning contest, giving up seven hits and three runs (2 earned). Lay battled more than the batters on the day, as he pitched almost a complete game fighting an illness during the game.
"At the beginning it was the best I felt all year, but whatever happened made it tough when I couldn't feel the left side of my body," said Lay. "I just tried to focus my mind on the game and not think about how my body was feeling. We wanted to set the tone early in that game and we couldn't lose to Biola after falling on Friday. It really helps when James Rael and I are on the same page and have that great chemistry you want with your catcher."
The Eagles got on the board early after scoring one in the first, but the Firestorm responded after Trevor Santor hit a one-out triple to right field. Seth Neely brought in Santor after hitting a SAC fly to left field to tie the score up at 1-1.
Biola didn't waste any time in the top half of the second, as they tacked on one more run with a SAC fly to take the lead back at 2-1.
ACU's Phil Creecy hit a two run homerun to left field to put the Firestorm up by one in the bottom of the fourth.
ACU put two more runs up on the board in the fifth to secure the first win against the Eagles. J.T. Cox came in and the pitched the final inning recording three outs and earning the save.
"On the offensive side it was great to see us put some up some runs after a little skid," said Lay. "All around we played much better as a team this weekend and were still improving everyday it should be great the rest of the way out when we all get rolling."
Seth Neel y finished game one going 1-for-2 at the plate with 2 RBI's and Jake Wakamatsu went 3-for-4 on the day.
It was a different start in game 2, as both teams were held scoreless until the 10th inning. ACU's Dean Jackson got the start for the Firestorm and faced 37 batters, giving up only six hits and no runs.
BU's Eric Diomartich went eight innings before getting replaced by Bryan Castelli, who gave up the only run in the game.
It all started after Wakamatsu singled up the right hand side and then advanced to second after Sean La Jeunesse laid down a SAC bunt. Moments later, Tanner Stokey hit a laser to right field to record the RBI and bring in Wakamatsu to secure the 1-0 victory.
ACU recorded seven hits to the Eagles' six.
The Firestorm will enjoy six days of rest before heading out to El Cajon, Calif., on Feb. 14 to face San Diego Christian in a three game series. The first game will start at 3:00p.m. (Arizona Time) on Friday.