Jessup baseball record fourth series sweep

Warriors seven games up
By: Rachel Constantini for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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LAKESIDE – William Jessup University baseball continued its winning ways during their doubleheader with Golden State Athletic Conference opponent San Diego Christian College Saturday. 

Following a three-game series victory over The Master’s University last week, the nationally-ranked, sixth-place Warriors added their fourth straight conference sweep defeating SDCC.

WJU improved to 32-6 on the season and 22-2 in the GSAC. The Warriors now have a seven game lead in the conference standings. 
Jessup started the nightcap by putting two runs on the board in the top of the first inning; both Will Law and Austen Swift scored on Steve Pastora’s triple to right field.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Hawks tied the game, only to have Swift hit a solo home run in the top of the third to give Jessup a 3-2 lead. But San Diego again tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

Heading into the seventh, Joe Starick stepped up and homered to lead off the inning for a 4-3 Warriors advantage. Josh Duitsman scored later, following a string of SDCC errors for a 5-3 Jessup victory.

Sam Curtis (Rocklin HS) came on to close and secured William Jessup’s win. 
“Kudos to Joe Starick for coming up with a big swing in a big pinch-hitting spot,” said WJU head coach Jake McKinley. ”He's been lights out all year and it's because of his diligent preparation every day." 
Andrew Shaps received the win, going three innings and allowing no hits and striking out four. 

In a similar scenario, the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Swift’s two-run shot over the fence. The Hawks came back in the bottom of the frame to knot the game 2-2.

In the fourth, Pastora and Duitsman both singled and scored courtesy of Curtis’ double. In the sixth, Connor Braun doubled and came home on Dakota Spillers’ base hit to solidify Jessup’s 5-2 triumph.
Tyler Fujimoto was credited with the win, going three innings and fanning four batters. Curtis continued his dominance, going two innings and striking out four batters as well.

"I thought the key to this series and the games today were our bench players and bullpen," McKinley said. "Having Sam and Tyler available to pitch late in games is crucial, and they both get you to the finish line when used with good timing. Those guys did a great job making big pitches when we needed them." 

The Warriors return home for a midweek series against GSAC opponent, Hope International at McBean Park 2 p.m. Wednesday. The two clubs will play a doubleheader Thursday, with the first game starting at 11 am. 

"We have a short week coming up so we need to work hard in the limited practice time we have and get rested up," McKinley concluded. "I'm proud of our guys for their efforts and look forward to another series with them."