LA MIRADA, Calif. --- It was easy baseball all around for Biola, as it cruised to a 7-1 victory over Corban (Ore.) on Monday afternoon, after a phenomenal seven innings out of Tyler Bernheisel.
Berheisel got the ball for the midweek start, after Biola just wrapped up a three-game series over the weekend against Cal State San Marcos. He was crafty, quick and dominant on his way to 7.1 innings where he allowed just one earned run.
The key to success for Bernheisel was his ability to keep the ball in the zone throughout the day. He threw just under 70 percent of his pitches for strikes, making quick work of the Corban lineup. Due to his keeping the ball in the strike zone, the Warriors were able to pick up nine hits off of him, but he was masterful at getting out of jams until giving up Corban's lone run in the eighth inning.
"When you get that kind of start out of your pitcher, you have a good chance at winning the game. It was fun," said Head Coach Jay Sullenger. "Bernie got the ball and took care of business. After that, we played solid baseball all the way around."
In addition to the standout pitching performance, the Eagles got some offense on the board in the Monday matinee.
Two long homeruns over the left field wall made a big difference on the scoreboard, as Michael Annunziata and Sam Thorne hit Biola's first and second homeruns of the season.
The two big-flys accounted for three of the Eagles' seven run on the day. Annunziata's solo shot in the third inning opened the day's scoring, and Thorne's two-run clobbering in the seventh inning extended Biola's lead to 6-0.
David McNeill factored into almost all of the Eagles' offense on Monday, scoring three times after going 2-for-3 at the dish and swiping two bases.
He was one of three Biola hitters to get two hits on the afternoon. Annunziata and Luke Klocek were the others.
"Today reminded me a lot of Friday, when we won here 10-3," said Sullenger. "It was just kind of easy baseball, we played well; the same kind of thing we saw here today. If we can just keep putting those kind of games together we will get those kinds of results."
The win is just Biola's second in its last six contests, but the team has a chance to drastically change its season outlook over the course of a three-game home series this Friday and Saturday. The Eagles host No. 9 Concordia over that stretch. It is the first of two three-game series between the two squads this season.
After today's win, the Eagles improve to 7-11 overall, and they enter play on Friday with a 3-6 record in Golden State Athletic Conference play.