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St. Francis baseball edges Loyola, 7-6, in Mission League

April 01, 2004

A three-run fifth inning helped the St. Francis boys' varsity baseball team edge visiting Loyola, 7-6, in Mission League play last Friday.

The Golden Knights upped their overall record to 7-2 and their league mark to 1-1.

They played Alemany at home on Tuesday in a league game, but no results were available at press time. The Golden Knights will also face Alemany there in a league contest tomorrow (Friday) at 3:15 p.m.

St. Francis scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a quick 1-0 advantage over Loyola. The Cubs came back in the second inning with a run to tie the contest at 1-1 and then scored three runs in the third to move ahead 4-1. The Golden Knights responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to close to 4-3.

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The Cubs took the lead back in the fourth inning with two more runs. St. Francis scored a run in the bottom of the inning to close to two runs behind, 6-4.

The Golden Knights then scored three runs in the fifth to move back in front and stay there.

Brian Farris, who relieved starter Andy Marquardt in the fifth inning, got the win to improve to 2-0. Marquardt pitched four innings, allowed seven hits, six runs (four of them earned), and struck out three. Farris hurled the final three frames, giving up four hits and striking out one.

Among the Golden Knights' eight hits were doubles by Andrew Jarrous and Christian Bergman.

Host Los Angeles Loyola defeated St. Francis 6-1 in the league opener on March 23.

The Cubs scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings before St. Francis was able to respond with a single run in the top of the fifth inning. Loyola finished up the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Bergman started for the Golden Knights. He pitched six innings and took the loss. His record fell to 2-1.

The one bright spot in the lineup was Brian Bistagne who had two of his team's seven hits and scored the only run for St. Francis.

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