The top-seeded Chapman baseball team earned a 5-2 victory over No. 4 California Lutheran Sunday afternoon to secure its second consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament title at Hart Park in Orange, Calif.
With the win, Chapman improves to 33-9 overall and earns the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Cal Lutheran moves to 28-16 overall.
In the top of the first inning, Weston Clark singeld in Cortez Espinoza to give the Kingsmen an early 1-0 lead.
Chapman responded with a two-run home half of the first when Joe Jimenez legged out an infield single, and a throwing error on the play allowed Alex Tsuruda and Brad Shimabuku to score the go-ahead run and make it 2-1.
An infield hit and miscue by the Cal Lutheran defense in the bottom of the second lifted the Panthers' advantage to 3-1, before Henry Ziesler delivered a solo home run to left center field in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-1.
A Ryne Yamashiro single up the middle cut the Kingsmen's deficit in half in the top of the fifth, but Chapman got the run back in the bottom of the seventh as Aaron Wong scored on a sacrifice fly by Shimabuku to make it 5-2.
Tyler Peck went 6.0 innings on the hill to earn the win for Chapman. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out seven, while Nick Garcia picked up the save in two innings of relief, striking out three batters, to help preserve the championship win. Troy Frazier suffered the loss for Cal Lutheran, going 6.1 innings. He surrendered five runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out five batters in the losing effort.
Tsuruda was the Panthers' lone hitter to collect two or more hits in the contest, while Yamahshiro highlighted the Kingsmen's offensive efforts with two hits.