EL CAJON, Calif. – The Hawks put on an offensive show in Game 1 for a 10-2 win, but the bats went cold in Game 2 falling 3-1 to split the double header Saturday against GSAC foe Westmont College.
The Hawks hit four home runs in the first game and knocking 13 hits in the win but only tallied three hits in the second game.
Gabriel Hemmer earned the win in Game 1 as he went eight innings allowing 10 hits, two runs, and struck out seven to improve to 6-1. Steven Bunnell worked an inning of relief to secure the win.
The Hawks didn't waste any time taking control of the first game as Jeff Lusardi hit a sac fly in the bottom of the first to bring home Chad Erickson for a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors responded with solo homers in the second and third inning to take a 2-1 lead. The solo shot by Steven Pollex was the last run Westmont would score the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the third, Cade Gotta hit a deep shot over the right field fence for his seventh of the year.
Three runs in the bottom of the fourth gave SDC a 5-2 lead. Jacob Rogers hit the second homer of the game, a solo shot to lead off the sixth inning for a 6-2 advantage.
Fireworks were still going off in the seventh as Jeff Lusardi also led off with a homer, followed by a two-run shot by Gilbert Viera to complete the scoring for the Hawks.
Lusardi, Viera, and Christian Johnson led the team with 2 RBI.
Game 2 was dominated by the pitching effort of Westmont's Alex Bush. He went the distance going seven innings allowing just the three hits and striking out one in the 75-pitch performance.
Westmont got all of their scoring in the second inning as they plated three runs off of SDC starter David Johnson. Johnson lasted five innings giving up the three runs on nine hits and striking out two. Codi Scanlon pitched two innings in relief allowing two hits.
The Hawks scored off a Christian Johnson ground out as pitch runner Chris Gonzalez scored from third.
Rogers tallied two of the three hits in Game 2.
With the split, the Hawks now stand at 22-8 overall and 14-6 in conference play, still a 1/2 game back of first place The Master's College. The Warriors are now 15-12 overall and 8-11 in GSAC play.
The Hawks will travel to take on Bethesda University on Tuesday before heading into a crucial 3-game series at The Master's College on Friday and Saturday.