Thursday, April 6, 2006
FPU split with Vanguard in Costa Mesa
Game One: Vanguard 3, FPU 2
Game Two: FPU 12, Vanguard 3
Costa Mesa - The third time was finally a charm as the visiting Sunbirds and the host Lions finally had an opportunity to play a doubleheader that had twice been delayed by rain and poor field conditions.
When all was said and done the Sunbirds emerged with a split, dropping the first game 3-2 and storming back for a 12-3 win in the second game.
FPU wasted a 4-for-5 effort at the plate by Andy Locke and seven and a third strong innings by Michael Mendrin, but lost it in the bottom of the ninth when Ryan Benson hit Shea Alderete with the bases loaded. That forced in Isaac Salazar from third base for the winning run.
The Sunbirds spotted the Lions a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game two, but got two back in the second, tied it in the third and finally took the lead with four in the fifth. The Sunbirds broke it open with four more in the sixth.
Eric Lingren matched Locke's 4-for-5 game one effort and scored three runs. Kyle Newton was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs. Elliot Salcedo was 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and three walks.
Locke was 2-for-5 and drove in a pair to finish the day 6-for10.
Tom Hosack pitched six solid innings for the win. He yielded four hits and three runs while striking out six Vanguard batters. Brian Fast pitched a perfect seventh inning to close it.
"I have mixed emotions," said FPU coach Oscar Hirschkorn. "I felt bad that we wasted Mendrin's good effort by not getting him any runs to work with. But I was real pleased how we bounced back in the second game. A split on the road is not a bad thing."
The games were originally scheduled for a month ago, then rescheduled for Wednesday. They were then pushed to Thursday to allow an additional day for the field to dry.
The Sunbirds, now 12-15 overall, will host the No. 11 Sea Lions of Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday. The doubleheader begins at Clovis East High School at 11:00. a.m.
Fresno Pacific: 12-15 (7-12 GSAC)
Vanguard: 15-17, (8-14 GSAC)
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.