RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University set four program records in the opener and then continued its red-hot offense and flashed the leather in the nightcap in a big doubleheader sweep of Hawaii Pacific Monday afternoon.
The Lancers hit a program-record 10 doubles and a season-high 27 hits in a 20-5 win in the opener and turned three double plays in a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
The sweep moves the Lancers to 16-8 overall, 9-1 PacWest. They have won 13 of their last 15 overall.
The Sea Warriors fall to 17-11, 8-8 and have lost seven straight.
“We did a good job swinging the bats and attacking the zone today,” said CBU Head Coach Gary Adcock. “The main thing is to make sure we don’t let up tomorrow. We need to carry the energy over to tomorrow.”
Matt Daugherty set a single-game record with six hits in the opener and was one of six Lancers with more than one hit. Andy Crowley was 5 for 6 while Matt Marnati, Zach Esquerra, Blair Moore and Ryan Cathers all had three hits apiece.
Daugherty doubled, homered and had four singles. He also scored five runs and drove in six others, raising his average 51 points from .279 to .330.
Meanwhile, Marnati doubled three times, becoming the first Lancer to hit three doubles in a game since Steve Goins did it against Azusa Pacific on March 11, 2006. His third double, which came in the fourth inning, was his 63rd career double, moving him ahead of Goins and atop the Lancers’ career list. He also scored three times, giving him 167 runs, which moved him ahead of Brian Sharp (165) and atop of the Lancers’ career list in that category as well.
The day actually started out inauspiciously for the Lancers when Marvin Campbell smoked a two-run blast to right field to give the Sea Warriors a 2-0 lead against reigning PacWest Pitcher of the Year Jon Bengard in the first. However, Moore hit the first of the Lancers’ 10 doubles in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-2.
From there, the Lancers added four more in the second, put up an eight-spot in the third and scored five more over the fourth and fifth innings before adding a single run in the seventh on Daugherty’s sixth and final hit of the game for 20 unanswered runs. The Sea Warriors finally scored answered with a trio of unearned runs in the top of the eighth.
Bengard (5-0) settled in after the first inning and scattered just three more hits over the next four innings. He also walked three and struck out three.
In the nightcap, the Lancers picked right up where they left off, scoring a pair of runs in the first, second and third innings to open a 6-0 lead. Esquerra had an RBI single and Moore had a sac fly to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead in the first. Marnati then hit a two-RBI single to center in the second, and Cathers delivered a two-RBI double to right center in the third.
David Herd was motoring through the Sea Warriors, getting inning-ending double play balls in the first and third innings. He didn’t allow a runner to reach third until the sixth when the Sea Warriors got back-to-back RBI-singles from Keanu Kapana and Kale Sumner to cut into the deficit. HPU still had the bases loaded, but Herd struck out Chad Bolibol and got Wade Tamaru to fly out to center to leave the bases loaded.
Herd (5-1) went the distance, scattering nine hits, four of them in the sixth, and striking out three.
Esquerra and his brother, Luke Esquerra, had two hits each as did Cathers.
Daugherty finished the doubleheader 7 for 8. Crowley had six hits. Zach Esquerra and Cathers both had five hits each. Eleven different Lancers had at least one hit.