The University of Redlands seized control of the SCIAC baseball race with a 7-6 win over the University of La Verne. The Bulldogs (25-8, 19-5) now have a two-game lead over La Verne (22-13, 17-7) and a three-game over Cal Lutheran (22-14, 16-8) and they won head-to-head series against both in the case of a tie,
It was not a well played game, with the teams combining for 11 errors. But it was dramatic with a lot of twists and turns.
Both teams went with their No. 3 starters which was pretty much a wash. But Redlands coach Scott Laverty had the luxury of being able to bring in his ace Derek Johnson who had pitched on Friday but went just three innings (60 or so pitches).
La Verne coach Scott Winterburn was not as fortunate. His ace, Mark Larini, had to go the distance in his start on Friday so he was not available for long duty two days later.
Johnson was summoned in the sixth inning and shut down the Leopards the rest of the way, highlighted by a strikeout of Joe Buckley with the potential tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth.
Each team has four games left. Both La Verne and Redlands have games left against Caltech and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Redlands also has Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier and La Verne still has Occidental and Cal Lutheran.