Baseball Begins Spring Break with 13-8 Win Over La Verne

Baseball Begins Spring Break with 13-8 Win Over La Verne

By: Genesis Leggett, Sports Information Assistant 

LA VERNE, Calif. — The Berry College baseball team began their California trip with a 13-8 win over La Verne University on Wednesday.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 
• The Vikings scored early in the game with three runs in the top of the first inning off of RBIs from Devin Skelton, Casey Whitaker and Tyler Calvert
• Berry added additional runs off of La Verne errors, leading going into the bottom of the seventh inning 7-2.
• The Leopards countered in the bottom of the seventh with a three-run homer, followed by a single to move the score to 7-6.
• The Vikings finished out the game scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to ensure the 13-8 victory. 
• Overall, the Vikings outhit the Leopards 16-10.  

BERRY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS: 
Casey Whitaker: 4-for-6, 5 RBIs, 1 R 
Alfred Francis: 5-for-5, 5 R, RBI
Tyler Calvert: 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 1 R 
Devin Skelton: 2-for-5, 2 RBIs, 2 R 
Ben Coker: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K, W (3-1)
William Gibbons: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, SV

LA VERNE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS: 
• Isaiah Cruz: 3-for-5,  
• Jakob Thomas: 2-for-2, 3 RBIs, 2 R
• Christopher Peres: 2-for-5, 3 RBIs 
• Jacob Benson: 1-for-4, 1 RBI 
• Christopher Arcos: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER 

NOTABLES: 
Ben Coker picked up his third win of the year with William Gibbons earning his fourth save.
• The Vikings move to 12-7 for their overall record for the season.  

UP NEXT: 
The Vikings will face the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen in a doubleheader on Friday at 2:00 p.m. in Thousand Oaks, Calif.