APU Breaks Losing Streak

After a tough 15-4 loss Biola on Thursday, the Cougars retaliated Friday, Feb. 15 by beating the Eagles 7-2 in the second game of a four-game series.

The Cougars had not won since their first game of the season against Claremont on Feb. 1. They had failed to deliver a win in their past six home games and one away game until this victory.

During the bottom of the first inning APU brought in the first two runs of the game. Freshman third baseman Andrew Carrillo hit a single and then stole second. Junior center fielder Matt Kimmel hit a double into right field bringing Carrillo home and scoring the first run of the game. Junior designated hitter Danny Gonzales made APU’s second of the night, bringing in Kimmel and getting an RBI, APU leading 2-0.

Biola tied up the game 2-2 during the second inning, but the Cougars overtook the Eagles when freshman right fielder Mitch Dergazarian hit a single to left field and brought in an run for a score of 3-2.

APU opened up a sizable lead on Biola when they scored four runs in the third inning.

Freshman shortstop Daniel Martin walked and stole second. Martin was the fourth player of the game to tag home plate when senior first baseman Richie Brown launched the ball into left field to get the RBI.
Senior second baseman Ryan Henley hit a single, filling the bases. Right after, senior catcher Brendan Casey sent the ball flying into center field bringing in two more players for runs. Senior left fielder Tyler Putjenter hit a RBI for the final run of the game and bringing the Cougars lead to 7-2.

Neither team managed to score a run for the rest of the game.

During the 8th Dergazarian took over pitching, tossing a scoreless inning, for senior pitcher Jason Plowman who threw two strikeouts, and only allowed six hits and two earned runs through seven innings of solid work. Freshman pitcher Zach DeMarcus took over pitching for the final inning.

This series not only brought on the first win at home for the Cougars, but also celebrates the end of longtime relationship with Biola’s head coach John Vorhoeven. Vorhoeven will retire after this season and APU honored the Eagles’ coach before the series started on Thursday.

The Cougars’ next home game is a doubleheader on March 2 against Fresno Pacific.