WARRIORS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN IN ROUTE TO WIN
Aguilar and Brethauer Combine for Two-Hitter
April 9, 2004
LEWISTON, Idaho Ė The Warrior offense scored early and often Friday night as the Warriors crushed Division III Occidental College 18-1 at Harris Field.
The Warriors scored in all but two innings as they improved to 31-7 on the season. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-26 on the season.
Senior Sal Aguliar (Azusa, Calif.) was dominate, going 5.0 innings, striking out six, and allowing no hits to earn the victory and improve to 3-0 on the season. In the top of the first, Aguliar struck out the first two Tigers and got the centerfielder Yamil Verde (Los Angeles, Calif.) to groundout to the mound.
The Warriors got to the Tigerís starter Charlie Moffitt (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) early as center fielder Nicolas Benton (Marysville, Wash.) hit a base hit bunt down the third base line. The next batter, Jose Rodriguez (Colton, Calif.) hit an RBI double to left center that scored Benton from first.
In the bottom of the second, Warrior first baseman Miguel Padilla (Fontana, Calif.) reached base on a throwing error by the Tiger second baseman Sean Hallihan (San Jose, Calif.). After outfielder Neil Litchfield (Lewsiton, Idaho) flew out left and catcher Seth McCauley (Three Forks, Mont.) singled up the middle, junior Billy Steverman (Vacaville, Calif.) hit a three-run homerun over the centerfield wall to put the Warriors up by four. After Moffitt walked the next two batters, Rodriguez singled to right scoring Toshi Sasa (Osaka, Japan) from second.
In the bottom of the third, Junior Derek Bruce (Lewiston, Idaho) hit a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for his sixth jack of the season. With two outs in the inning, McCauley hit double down the right field line and Steverman hit a hot shot passed the Tigerís shortstop to score pinch runner Anthony Slagle (Seattle, Wash.) from second.
After being held scoreless in the fourth, the Warriors got a lead off walk by Padilla and a single by Litchfield. Both Litchfield and Padilla moved up a base on a wild pitch by Moffitt before McCauley hit his fourth homerun over the left field wall to clear the bases.
The Tigerís starter went 4.0 innings, giving up six earned runs on10 hits. Tiger reliever Noel Coleman (Gunnison, Colo.) came in and closed out the top of the fifth
Junior Robbie Brethauer (Oakland, Calif.) started the sixth inning in relief of Aguliar. With runners at second and third and one out, the Tigerís Sandro Colacicco (New Canaan, Conn.) hit a fly ball to right and the Warriors Toshi Sasa gunned a laser to home and doubled up Zac Sakowski (Bakersfield, Calif.) who was tagging from third on the play.
Brethauer went 4.0 innings in relief and struck out five to record his first save of the season.
The Warriors started the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back doubles by Bruce and Allen Balmer (Lewiston, Idaho) to left. With runners on second and third with no outs, Padilla hit a double down the right field line scoring Balmer from third and Bruce came home on a fielding error by the Tigerís right fielder. After Litchfield flied out to right, catcher Brandon Morris, who came in for the starter McCauley in the sixth, smashed a two-run homerun to right center. Morrisí bomb was his sixth of the season.
In the bottom of the eighth, Padilla led off the inning with a base hit and advanced to third on two straight wild pitches. After Litchfield flied out to right, Morris doubled scoring Padilla from third. The Warriors barrage continued as Sasa hit a single to left to score Slagle. With two outs, Rodriguez doubled down the right field line scoring Steverman and Sasa as the Warriors took an 18-0 lead.
The Tigerís only run came in the top of the ninth as freshman Tyler Colville (Portland, Calif.) scored from third on a fielderís choice ground ball.
The Warriors set a season high for hits with 21 and Aguliar and Brethauer combined to allow only two Tiger hits. The Warriors are Occidental resume play tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Harris Field.