FULLERTON — It wasn’t the best day for 13th-ranked Westmont Baseball. The Warriors dropped both ends of a doubleheader to No. 10 Hope International, falling 8-1 in the first game and 8-5 in the second.
The Warriors (10-5, 1-2 GSAC) scored first in the early game to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Robbie Haw was walked to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Bryce McFeely singled to center, advancing Haw to second. Then Shane Hofstadler doubled to right field, driving in Haw. However, that was the only scoring the Warriors could muster.
Chase Goddard was charged with the loss. He pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Down 1-0 in the second game, Westmont put up five runs in the third inning. Michael Soper, Haw and McFeely produced back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases full of Warriors with no outs. Soper scored on a groundout by Ryan DeSaegher that retired McFeely at second but advanced Haw to third.
That brought up Parker O’Neil who doubled to center field, driving in Haw and moving DeSaegher over to third. Trey Dun then knocked an RBI-single into right field to score DeSaegher and send O’Neil to third.
Collin Wong picked up two RBIs when he doubled to right, allowing both O’Neil and Dunn to score.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Royals pushed across four runs in the bottom half of the same inning, tying the score at five runs apiece.
While Westmont did not score again, Hope added three more tally marks in the bottom of the fifth to secure the win.
Gabe Arteaga, pitching in relief, took the loss for the Warriors. He allowed three runs on two hits in two innings of work. Arteage struck out two and walked two.
Next weekend, the Warriors will travel to Atherton to take on the Oaks of Menlo in another GSAC series. Westmont and Menlo will play a single game on Friday at two o’clock and then play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.