Storm take game 1 from FPU

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A seven-game winning streak was the result after the Dixie State University Red Storm defeated the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds Thursday.

Winners of their previous six games, including a sweep against the University of Hawaii, the Storm welcomed FPU to Bruce Hurst Field for a four-game weekend series. 

The Sunbirds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring a run in each of the first two innings of play. Redshirt junior catcher Reece Lucero put DSU on the board with a single that scored junior outfielder Miles Bice. The Storm would push across another run in the inning to erase the deficit. 

After allowing two unearned runs in the third, DSU’s bats exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning, two of which where scored off the bat of Lucero, who finished going 3-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, giving it a 7-4 lead. 

The Storm would also add runs in the fifth and sixth innings, extending their lead to 9-4. The Sunbirds fought back, however, plating two runs in the top of the eighth. The comeback attempt would prove to be futile as DSU slammed the door to earn the victory, 9-6. 

Five of the nine hitters for the Storm finished with at least two hits, including junior infielder Tyler Mildenberg, who was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with an RBI.

A double header is scheduled for Friday. First pitch for game one is set for 4 p.m. at Bruce Hurst Field.