Eric Long wins second game of doubleheader with walk-off single
The Titans swept George Fox University’s junior varsity squad in a March 15 doubleheader to pick up their third and fourth consecutive victories of the season.
Lane took control of game one early on their way to a 15-2 victory. They scored two runs in the first inning, and then exploded for eight in the second.
Sophomore first baseman Jaren Goddard went 2-for-4 with five RBIs, including a grand slam in the Titans’ big second inning.
Goddard has been on a scorching hot hitting streak of late. He is 8-of-12 in his last three games, has hit three homers and has driven in 11 runs over that span.
“It feels good. The ball’s looking pretty big right now.” Goddard said. “I’ve been working on some small things with my coaches, just sort of slowing everything down.”
Jackson Bertsch got the win on the mound for the Titans. He scattered three hits and two runs over four innings of work, and he struck out two batters.
Sophomore second baseman Isaiahs Zarufael went 2-for-3 for the Titans with two RBIs, and sophomore third baseman Eric Long went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.
The second half of the doubleheader lacked the offensive fireworks that the first featured, but ended on a dramatic note.
Both teams were scoreless entering the bottom of the eighth inning, when Titans sophomore Tucker Campbell singled to right to lead off the inning, and then advanced to second on a pass-ball.
He was moved over to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Zarufael, and then proceeded to score the game-winning run on a walk-off single to right by Long, giving the Titans 1-0 on a walk-off victory.
Eric Rauro got the start for the Titans in game two and led the Titans to victory in his first start of the season. He threw five hitless innings, and surrendered just one walk. Freshman righthander Travis Boggs picked up the win out of the bullpen.
The Titans had only three hits in the game, compared to 13 in the first.
“I think today was a telltale sign of how to win two different games,” Lane head coach Josh Blunt said. “One game with offense and one game with pitching and defense. It’s a recipe to give yourself a chance to win.”