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APU Falls to Fresno

Tim Peterson

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Azusa Pacific fell behind 5-0 in the first two and a half innings and could never get back in the hunt in a 6-3 loss to Fresno Pacific Thursday night.
Joshua Banuelos clubbed a two run homer in the first inning to get Fresno started and after another run in the second, the Sunbirds used two hits and three walks to push across two more runs in the third inning. Before the sun set, the Cougars found themselves down by five.
Azusa Pacific climbed back in it in the bottom of the third when Joseph Daris singled to left, Danny Martin walked and Jordan Brower reached on a fielder’s choice. Matt Kimmel then drilled a line drive that got by the right fielder. By the time the ball was recovered and thrown back to the infield, all three runners had scored and Kimmel was chugging into third with a triple. With one swing of the bat the Cougars were right back in it trailing 5-3.
But that was the last time Azusa Pacific scored.
Fresno Pacific added a run in the seventh when Kaohu Gaspar hammered one over the right field wall. Gaspar went five for five for the Sunbirds.
APU used five pitchers in all. Josh Staumont started and went five innings allowing five runs and ten hits while walking five. Fresno had 14 hits overall.
The Cougars fell to 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the PacWest while Fresno improved to 13-8 and 5-4.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
APU Falls to Fresno