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Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - GSAC Doubleheader
FPU Splits with No. 9 Biola - Crisp bomb wins game two

Game 1: Biola 7, Sunbirds 2

Game 2: Sunbirds 4, Biola 3

Fresno - The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds wrapped up their inaugural season by splitting a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with Biola.

The games were played on a made-for-baseball afternoon at Clovis East High School.

The Eagles, got on the board in the third inning when Chris Weems hit a home run over the left field wall. FPU's Justin Crisp climbed the wall and made the catch, but his momentum carried him over the wall. He injured his throwing hand on the play and left the game a short while later.

In all the No. 9 Eagles tagged FPU starter Tom Hosack for five hits and four runs. Michael Mendrin followed but gave up three runs and five more hits.

The Sunbirds used a lead-off walk to Chris Alvarez to scratch out a run in the fifth. Alvarez eventually scored on a single by Adam Alva.

Mike Pierce hit a solo home run in the seventh for FPU's only other run.

The hero of game two was Crisp as the hosts played long-ball in the second game.

After leaving the first game with an injured hand, Crisp made a quick visit to a local clinic only to learn that he had a broken bone in his throwing hand. He was, however, cleared to play and arrived just prior to the start of the second game.

"We thought he had a dislocation, but wanted to be sure," said FPU coach Oscar Hirschkorn. "I was surprised that he had a broken bone, but more that he was cleared to play anyway."

Elliot Salcedo gave the Sunbirds the early lead with a two-run shot in the bottom of the second. Pierce, who had reached first on an error, scored ahead of Salcedo.

The Eagles got one back in the top of the third, tied it in the fourth then took a 3-2 lead with another run in the fifth.

Pierce opened the Sunbirds' half of the sixth with a solo home run. On the next pitch Crisp sent a shot well over the right field wall.

"How amazing is that?" asked Hirschkorn of Crisp's home run. "I think that was the best-hit ball of the day. What a great way to fight back and get the win.

FPU starter Jerrod Wood set down the Eagles in order in the top of the seventh to pick up the complete game victory. Wood scattered eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck our four.

"Jerrod pitched well," said Hirschkorn. "He got himself out of a couple of tough spots and never lost his composure."

The Sunbirds completed the season with an 18-26 mark, including a 13-19 seventh-place finish in the GSAC.

Updated Records
# 9 Biola: 35-13 (22-10 GSAC)
Fresno Pacific: 18-26 (13-19 GSAC) 

Notes
**
Justin Crisp completed the season as FPU's leader in hits (51), runs (39), walks (24), doubles (9) home runs (9), batting average (.340) and slugging percentage (.620).
** The 4-3 game-two win was FPU's first against a ranked NAIA opponent.
** Mike Pierce hit a home run in each game today to run his season total to seven.

Justin Crisp hit the game-winning home run for the Sunbirds this afternoon at Clovis East High School. Crisp sent the first pitched he faced in the bottom of the sixth well over the right field wall.

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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.

Jerrod Wood recorded a
complete game win in game two
2006 Season at a glance...
Opponent
Score
Record
PATTEN
PATTEN
PATTEN
@ San Francisco State
SAN FRANCISCO ST
SAN FRANCISCO ST
CONCORDIA *
CONCORDIA *
@ Azusa Pacific * L 5-8
@ Azusa Pacific * L 8-14
@ California Baptist *
@ California Baptist *
CSU MONT. BAY L 2-6
@ Pt Loma Nazarene
@ Pt Loma Nazarene
@ The Master's *
@ The Master's *
7-7
@ Vanguard *
@ CSU Monterey Bay
BIOLA *
BIOLA *
BETHANY
BETHANY
@ Westmont * L 3-8
@ Westmont *
@ San Jose State
APU * (R) W 8-6
APU * (R) W 7-6
@ Concordia * L 6-9
@ Concordia * W 5-3
@ Menlo Rain Out
@ Menlo Rain Out
@ Menlo Rain Out
CAL BAPTIST * (C) L 3-9
CAL BAPTIST * (C) L 0-4
@ Vanguard * L 2-3
@ Vanguard * W 12-3
PT LOMA NAZ * (C)
PT LOMA NAZ * (C)
@ The Master's *
THE MASTER'S *
THE MASTER'S *
@ CSU Chico
@ CSU Chico
@ CSU Los Angeles
@ CSU Los Angeles L 0-4
VANGUARD * (C) W 8-5
VANGUARD * (C) L 2-4
WESTMONT * (C) W 12-5
WESTMONT * (C)
@ Biola * L 5-9
@ Biola * L 4-5
BIOLA * L 2-7 17-26, 12-19
BIOLA * W 4-3 18-26, 13-19
* GSAC contest
C = Clovis East High School
R = Reedley College