RIVERSIDE --- After getting shutout in a 6-0 loss to Fresno Pacific in the first game of the day, California Baptist University came back and exploded for 10 runs and 14 hits in a 10-0 win over Arizona Christian in an elimination game Friday afternoon in the NCCAA West Regional at Totman Stadium.
The top-seed Lancers improve to 35-18 overall and move into Saturday’s championship round against Fresno Pacific. The Lancers will have to beat the Sunbirds twice to win the title and the region’s automatic bid to the NCCAA World Series next week.
The Firestorm fall to 29-25 and are eliminated from the regional.
Five different Lancers had at least two hits, and Antonio Chavarria was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs and had an RBI triple in the Lancers’ six-run third when they sent 10 batters to the plate.
That was more than enough for Michael Davis, who tossed his first complete-game, a four-hit shutout. He allowed just four baserunners—he didn’t walk a batter—and only two to reach second, one of which reached third. Davis (3-2) retired the final 13 batters after a two-out third-inning single by Seth Neely.
Blair Moore continued his impressive tournament, going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. His first came with one out in the first to give the Lancers a quick 1-0 lead. Moore had five hits in three tournament games.
The Lancers blew the game open in the third, scoring all six runs after two outs. Chavarria started it with a triple off the top of the right field wall that caromed away from Neely. It was the first of six straight run-scoring hits. Moore doubled him in, and Zach Esquerra followed with a single. Matt Daugherty and Matt Marnati had back-to-back doubles before Ryan Cathers singled in the final run, chasing Jordan Bryson, who lasted just 2.2 innings.
CBU put the finishing touches on the win with a three-run fifth, getting three straight one-out singles from Esquerra, Daugherty and Marnati, an RBI groundout by Cathers and a pinch-hit RBI single by Taylor Wetzel.
Moore, Esquerra, Daugherty and Marnati were all 2 for 4. Maranti and Moore had two RBIs as did Cathers.