ST. GEORGE, Utah --- Michael Davis gave up just two hits, but a nightmare seventh-inning allowed Dixie State to score twice without a hit and defeat California Baptist University 3-1 in the finale of a Pacific West Conference series Saturday.
The loss drops the Lancers to 30-16 overall, 23-9 PacWest.
Dixie State improves to 29-15, 21-13. The teams split the four-game series.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, CBU committed a pair of errors, Davis walked a pair, uncorked a wild pitch and Mark Sanchez had a passed ball, all of which allowed the Red Storm to score twice to take the lead for good.
To that point, Davis (2-2) had allowed just two hits and just one through the first five innings. He finished 7.1 innings, striking out six, walking five and allowing just the two hits and one earned run.
Sam Friend (6-1) struck out a season-high nine in 7.2 innings of work, scattering six hits and allowing one run.
The Lancers struck first on a two-out solo home run by Zach Esquerra, his 16th of the year, joining Cody Robinson of Northeastern State atop all of Division II.
Dixie State tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Hanley hit a leadoff double and was sacrificed to third eventually scoring a groundout by Kevin Kline.
In the fateful seventh, two errors—a fielding error by Antonio Chavarria at third and a one-out throwing error by Ryan Cathers at short—put runners on first and second. A passed ball moved them both into scoring position and back-to-back walks to Ty Johnson and Hanley forced in the go-ahead run and gave the Red Storm the lead. A wild pitch plated Yuto Kata with a huge insurance run and a 3-1 advantage.
The Lancers got the tying run to the plate with no outs in the eighth, but Friend and Josh Mooney kept the Lancers off the board. Mooney closed out the ninth for his ninth save of the year.
Esquerra and Matt Daugherty were both 2 for 3. CBU finished wth six hits.