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Lancers Shine On
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Release: 02/07/2014
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – There aren't really any complaints to be had five games into the season for California Baptist University, as it kept its undefeated start to the season going with its second-straight shutout Friday night.

The Lancers started and ended the evening in celebration. First, CBU held a lighting ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of a three-year project that brought lighting to the school’s baseball and softball fields and aquatics center. CBU kept on shining the rest of the night at Totman Stadium, with a 7-0 victory over Cal State San Bernardino.

“It was a great atmosphere and I’d like to thank all parties involved for setting up, coming out and donating,” coach Gary Adcock said. “It was a great tribute to a lot of people’s hard work in order to get lights here at CBU. I am glad we played well.”

It gives the Lancers a 5-0 start the season, while the Coyotes are still in search of their first win at 0-4. Trevor Oaks improved to 2-0 on the hill for CBU, as he allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out nine through seven innings.

Ethan Mack and Connor Jones each threw an inning in relief for the Lancers. Mack gave up just one hit in the eighth and Jones shut the door with a flawless ninth inning.

CBU also racked up 10 hits in the game, with five different players logging base knocks and four posting multi-hit games. Blair Moore, the Preseason PacWest Player of the Year, led the Lancers with a 3-for-3 showing that included a run batted in and three runs scored.

Zack Norris (RBI), Andy Crowley and Nathan Antoun (three RBI) all had two hits for California Baptist University, which had its final hit come from Antonio Chavarria (two RBI).

“It was a complete game,” Adcock said. “We got big hits when we needed it, we pitched, we defended and ran the bases well. It was a good game in all facets for us.”

It didn’t take long for CBU’s bats to heat up on the chilly night as Norris led off the bottom of the first inning with a flair single over the shortstop. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a fly out to right field. Moore then gave CBU a 1-0 lead with a one-out single through the right side.

A pair of walks then loaded the bases for the Lancers and Antoun, the reigning PacWest and NCBWA West Region Player of the Week. Antoun delivered yet again with a two-RBI double off the warning track in right center for a 3-0 CBU advantage.

Chavarria scored two more Lancers with a clutch, two-out hit in the bottom of the second. The sophomore second baseman turned on a full-count pitch and drove it into right center to score Crowley, who had singled aboard, and Moore.   

Norris’ second hit was good for an RBI, as he sent a ball through the left side to score Tyler DeTrinidad, and give CBU a 6-0 cushion in the fourth inning.

Moore led off the fifth with a single back up the middle. He moved up a base on a grounder to second from Chavarria and proceeded to third on a balk. Antoun drove him in for his third RBI of the night with a single into right field.

The Lancers conclude their three-game season series with the Coyotes on Saturday at CSU San Bernardino, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CBU returns home for four-straight non-conference games with Saint Martin’s Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The first three games are scheduled for 6 p.m., with Saturday starting at noon.

“We’re a preparation-driven program,” Adcock said, “so we just try to prepare the same every day and trust that our preparation is going to help build some confidence and give us a chance to win some ball games.”

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