ART U's Offense Explodes in PacWest Debut Against No. 22 APU

The Urban Knights play a strong opener, scoring the most runs in game one since 2011

BASE - Daniel Skinner (by Rob Garcia)

Daniel Skinner. Photo by Rob Garcia.

The night of Feb. 27 started with fireworks when Academy of Art University’s baseball team exploded for 14 runs in a game one victory over No. 22 Azusa Pacific as both teams opened Pacific West Conference play at Laney College.

The 14 runs in game one were the most the Urban Knights (3–9, 1–1 PacWest) had scored since March 12, 2011. Four different players drove in at least two runs, and eight Urban Knights had at least one base hit. Junior center fielder Joseph Marchini (Multimedia Communications) extended his hitting streak to four games with a 4-for-8 night and junior left fielder Greg Ivory (Multimedia Communications) pushed his streak to seven with hits in both games.

BASE - Nate Gercken (by Rob Garcia)

Nate Gercken. Photo by Rob Garcia.

A season-high 12 hits highlighted ART U’s offensive outburst in the opener. The Urban Knights scored runs in five of eight innings at the plate. The Academy hit three home runs in the game for only the fourth time in school history. All three long balls were career firsts as Marchini, senior catcher James Singzon (Acting) and senior first baseman Daniel Skinner (Multimedia Communications) all went deep. Skinner’s bomb was a grand slam, giving him four RBIs.

Singzon was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game with two runs scored, a double, home run and five RBIs. His four hits were only the 10th time in ART U history a player accomplished the feat, and his five RBIs tied a school single-game record set by Stefan Henderson on April 2, 2012.

The Urban Knights took a 2–0 lead in the first inning thanks in part to two doubles in the inning from Marchini and senior designated hitter Chucky Cavestany (Multimedia Communications). Marchini doubled the lead to 4–0 in the second with a two-run home run.

APU whittled the deficit down to 7–4 with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, but the Urban Knights doubled their runs total in the bottom half with a seven-run seventh that put the game out of reach. Ivory started the scoring with a one-out, two-RBI single. Later, two walks loaded the bases with two outs, and that’s when Singzon got his third run-scoring hit of the game with an infield single to third. Skinner followed him with a grand slam to left field that made it 14–4.

Senior starting pitcher and Fashion Merchandising major Maclane Brady (1–2) earned his first win of the season in five innings of work, giving up two earned runs with five strikeouts.