LA MIRADA, Calif. --- The proverbial monkey is off the back and the elephant has left the room– Biola has finally gotten a win. The Eagles took game one of a season-series concluding doubleheader with No. 12 The Master's College on Saturday.
The Eagles have not experienced a win in a very long time, with their last 'W' coming nearly a month ago against No. 9 Concordia. With the doubleheader split Biola concludes its regular season series against The Master's with a 1-5 final mark.
Head Coach Jay Sullenger was given all he could possibly ask out of Eric Diomartich in the opener as the strong lefty went 5.1 innings of good work, allowing just four hits to the Mustangs.
He had to battle out of the stretch a lot because of the five walks he surrendered, but ultimately surrendered just two runs to TMC in a no decision.
It was Bryan Castelli who got the win after he allowed the Mustangs to tie the contest at four in the top of the seventh and benefitted from the Eagles' two in the bottom of that same inning.
He went 3.2 innings as Biola's only reliever in the contest and moves to 2-2 on the season, all out of relief.
"We played solid baseball and got a good pitching performance," said Sullenger. "We jumped out to an early lead that felt good. We saw them come back and catch up, but this time we were able to finish the game."
The Eagles got their game-winning runs off back-to-back singles in the seventh inning, provided by Johnny Farrington and Sam Thorne. The late scoring saddled the Mustangs' Dalton Thompson with his second loss of the season and secured Biola's fifth Golden State Athletic Conference win, with a 6-4 final.
"It is nice to get one after going through this long dry spell," said Sullenger. "We had some timely hitting and got it done when we needed to. We often talk about breaking the game into thirds. If we can win two of the three thirds, we can win the game, and today we did."
Boone Farrington had another fantastic performance at home plate, going 3-for-3 to get his team-leading 12th multiple hit game. He was the only Eagle to get numerous knocks in the opener and he also scored a run.
"Boone continues to get better as we go on," said Sullenger. "He has been a nice, steady bat in the middle of our lineup. He has made the opposing team really work, and think, because they need to look out for him."
Game two was not the best performance for the Eagles, but, despite the 7-1 final score, was still a competitive game throughout most of its seven innings.
The Master's got the scoring started early with a two-run inning in the top of the first, which was coincidentally their seventh two-run inning of the weekend as all of their scoring up until that point came in two-run bunches.
Their starter, Andrew Klausmeier, held the Eagles at bay throughout the afternoon, holding Biola to just four base runners over his six innings of work.
He and Yancosek were dueling throughout the first four innings, leading to a 2-0 TMC advantage heading into the top of the fifth.
The Mustangs dropped a four-spot on Yancosek and the Eagles in the fifth to break open the floodgates and make it a six-run game. It was tough-luck for Yancosek, who had thrown well up until that point, but suffered after some missed opportunities by his teammates in the field.
Biola was able to scratch one run across in their half of the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome Klausmeier's great start.
The Saturday split moves Biola to 9-24 (5-16 GSAC) and pushes No. 12 TMC to 25-6 (15-6 GSAC).
The Eagles get back on the diamond at Azusa Pacific for a game under the lights at 5 p.m. on Wednesday night.