Power Split
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Release: 02/23/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University got back on track in its opener Saturday afternoon and then narrowly missed a comeback victory in the late game to split a PacWest doubleheader with Academy of Art.

The Lancer bats came alive early in the day, blasting Art U pitching for 10 runs in the 10-1, five-inning, victory. After trailing 6-1 in the late game, CBU came back and had the tying run at the plate in the seventh, but couldn't pull out the win, falling 10-7.

"We came out on fire in the first game," said CBU Head Coach Bill Baber, whose team dropped its first two conference games to Notre Dame de Namur Friday. "That was huge after the night we had last night. We were getting key hits up and down the lineup. You can't play any better than that."

The Lancers jumped on top of Art U starter Kimberly Dauer 5-0 in the first inning, getting an RBI single from Ashley DeVaere and then a bases clearing, three-run double from Kailey Willingham.

CBU would cruise from there behind the pitching of Jessica Avila, who threw five innings, scattering seven hits and giving up one earned run. Avila moves to 2-2 with the win.

The Lancers tacked on four more in the bottom of the fourth, going up by nine on a two-run pinch-hit single from Savannah Miller. Avila then tossed a scoreless fifth to end the game in five and seal the mercy-rule win.

"Jessica pitched great," said Baber. "She gave up that home run in the second and then really settled down and threw a good game. We need someone who can come in and shut the other team down like that."

In the late game costly miscues in the field were the story of a comeback that was not to be.

Of the 10 runs given up by the Lancers only four were earned. Conversely, all seven CBU scored in the game were earned.

After falling behind 6-1 early, the Lancers scored three in the fifth to make it a two-run game. In the bottom of the sixth a Lancer error extended the inning, and Art U's Andrea Hanchey blasted a two-out grand slam to again put CBU in a hole.

The Lancers battled back, getting three runs on Rachel Meyer's second homer of the game in the sixth, but couldn't plate a run in the seventh, stranding runners on first and second.

"They used their speed and we just didn't adjust to it, giving up some infield singles in the late game," said Baber. "Then a couple errors hurt us as well. Our pitcher was getting the ground balls she wanted, but we didn't help her out. We got the offense going, now we just need to shore things up defensively. We didn't quit today, tough, and we just need to keep that fire going."

Meyer drove in six of the seven runs for CBU in the game with a pair of three-run homers. She now has seven on the season to lead the Lancers.

Haily MacDonald got the win for the Urban Knights, moving to 2-0 and Kayla Hatch took the loss falling to 0-2.

CBU moves to 5-6 overall, 1-3 PacWest with the split and Art U moves to 7-10, 5-3.

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