LA MIRADA, Calif. --- The Eagles put up offense in a big way in a matinee game with No. 16 Cal State San Marcos, knocking off the Cougars, 10-3, raking in season-highs in runs and hits.
When hits come, they come in bunches. That is the hope of head coaches at least, and for Jay Sullenger and his squad, it was a truth on Friday afternoon.
"We hit today," said Sullenger. "We have obviously hit before this, but today we hit consistently throughout the game. These are the kinds of days where playing baseball is really fun. It was a day we did all three facets of the game well and got contributions from everyone."
Aside from the massive output of offense, the Eagles saw a great pitching performance come from their starter, Sean Rothfuss.
Rothfuss went 6.1 innings and had Cougars hitters looking flustered all game long. He gave up just four hits and retired 19 of the 27 batters he faced.
He was slightly shaky in the early going, giving up back-to-back one-run innings in the second and third, but once he settled in he was brilliant.
"We got a great start. Rothfuss has been pitching well for us all year," said Sullenger. "He does a great job filling up the zone and being deceptive. He throws three pitches for strikes, and obviously he displayed that again today."
The 6.1 innings on the mound equals the second-longest outing of the season for the big right-hander. He improves to 2-1 on the season and lowers his ERA to a stellar 2.42.
The righty on the mound was backed up by a powerful offense that did most of its heavy-lifting in the late innings.
After finding themselves in an early 2-0 hole, the Eagles bats got going in the bottom of the third inning. Johnny Farrington got the wheel turning with a leadoff single, and he was advanced by a Rob Groeschell sacrifice bunt.
Farrington broke open the scoring for Biola when a deep double from Michael Annunziata brought him around to score. Boone Farrington got in on the action with an RBI double of his own to score Annunziata and knot the game at two.
Two innings later it was Johnny Farrington in the leadoff slot once again. He opened the frame with a base on balls, and yet again advanced on an out off the bat of Groeschell. The senior showed off his wheels with a steal of third base and tacked on his second run of the day off a single by Anunziata.
A few hit-by-pitches later, Annunziata was trotting home to score one for himself. Biola now had a 4-2 advantage and was not looking back.
Sam Thorne took over in the final few frames, going 2-for-2 in the seventh and eighth innings, with four RBI. He becomes the first Eagles' hitter this season to reach four RBI in a single game.
Sage Poland, Bryan Castelli and Sean McCarrell combined to throw the final 2.2 innings, and helped close the door on the No. 16 Cougars.
The two teams meet again tomorrow morning for a doubleheader hosted by Cal State San Marcos. With the win, Biola improves to 6-9 overall, and the Cougars fall to 3-8.