EL CAJON, Calif. – Cade Gotta and Chad Erickson each had a homerun as the Hawks defeated visiting Arizona Christian University 10-6 Friday afternoon.
Gotta homered in the bottom of the fourth that brought home Chris Gonzalez from third. He added to his nation-leading tally with his fifth of the season. Gotta went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Erickson's homer was a solo shot in the sixth, his first of the season. He was also 3-for-5 with four runs and an RBI with a stolen base.
Mark Vasquez carried the load on the mound going eight strong innings for his third win of the season. He threw 129 pitches, 73 for strikes, allowing 10 hits, six runs while striking out two. David Johnson came in relief with one out in the top of the ninth to record his first save of the season. Johnson relieved Steven Bunnell after he faced three batters.
Arizona Christian was first to get on the board thanks to a 3-run homer from first baseman Ryan Jones.
The Hawks answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Gotta led off with a double and later scored after Erickson reached third on an error by the center fielder. Taylor Eichhorst drilled a single through the left side of the infield to bring home Erickson. Eichhorst later scored after Gilbert Viera singled through the same side of the infield for the tie.
SDC registered three more runs an inning later. After Gotta's two-run homer, Erickson scored after Jeff Lusardi drove him in with a single to center.
In the fifth, Christian Johnson delivered a two-RBI triple to right center to give the Hawks an 8-3 lead.
The Hawks registered two more runs the rest of the game but the Firestorm didn't go down easy as they made noise in the top of the ninth.
Pitching Coach Doug Jones decided to roll with Vasquez to start off the ninth inning but was pulled after the leadoff hitter singled to left field. Bunnell relieved Vasquez only to leave three batters later after he loaded the bases with a hit by pitch.
Bunnell was called on two days after he threw three innings in extra-inning relief against Point Loma on Tuesday.
David Johnson struck out the first batter but then let up a single to give the Firestorm their sixth run of the game. He finished with a strike out to end the game.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 11-3 and 5-2 in GSAC play. The Firestorm fall to 3-7 in both overall record and conference play.
The two teams square off against each other for a double-header tomorrow with first pitch at 11 a.m.