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March 7, 2010

Baseball Wins on the Road, Swept at Home by Cal Lu

CLAREMONT, CA -- The Stags (8-7, 5-4 SCIAC) started their series against Cal Lutheran (9-7, 4-5 SCIAC) on a winning note by defeating the Kingsmen 10-4 at Arce Field in Thousand Oaks, but could not keep the momentum in Saturday's double-header at home and lost both games (10-4 and 7-4).

CMS was in a 4-1 hole to start their first game, but the Stags stormed back and score seven runs in the third inning to create a four-run cushion. Alex Sunderland recorded his third SCIAC win of the season and is undefeated in the conference so far this year. He clocked in six complete innings with eight hits and eight earned-runs on 26 batters. Third baseman Steve Dannaway (SR Honolulu, HI [pictured]) went 4-6 with three runs and a walk.

David Ulrich (SO, Summit, NJ), the starting pitcher in the Stags' first double-header game, came into the game with only one hit in his last ten innings. The Stags had three less hits than Cal Lutheran but CMS had difficulty cashing in runs. Ulrich pitched seven and two-third innings with eight earned runs and 12 hits. Despite the team's slow performance, Dannaway managed to have another productive game by hitting 3-3 with a run and a stolen base.  

In the final game, the Stags jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Pitcher Jeff Postetter (SO, Kenmore, WA) was able to keep the Kingsmen scoreless for four innings, but Cal Lutheran pulled away with run in the 5th and three consecutive two-run innings thereafter. Dannaway capped off his stellar series by batting 3-4 with three RBIs and a run.

CMS is currently third in the SCIAC standings and hope to improve their record when they face Pomona-Pitzer in their next series of games. The series starts Friday, March 12 (2:30 PM) at CMS and ends with a double-header on Saturday March 13 (11:00 AM and 2:30 PM) at Pomona-Pitzer.