ARCATA, Calif. -- With the team ranked 13th in home runs per game in NCAA Division II going up against the fifth-ranked team, long balls were bound to happen Monday afternoon.
It was a ranked showdown of two of the best power hitting teams as No. 3-ranked California Baptist and No. 6-ranked Humboldt State faced off against each other, with the Lancers coming out victorious. CBU opened with a 10-8 come-from-behind victory and followed with another rally to win the nightcap 4-3.
“We seem to find a way to come back and get it,” head coach Bill Baber said. “We don’t give up. That’s what I love about this team. It was a total team effort today, everybody got involved.”
The Lancers improve to 24-7 overall with the non-conference doubleheader sweep, while the Lumberjacks drop to 24-9 on the season.
“Two amazing wins today,” Baber said. “We were never out of it. To hang in there with such a phenomenal team like HSU is amazing.”
CBU—which ranks 13th in NCAA Division II for home runs per game—hit three long shots, with Ashley DeVaere knocking two, including a clutch grand slam. DeVaere went 3-for-5 on the day, tallying seven RBI and four runs. Marshean August also hit a home run for one of her three hits Monday.