Hope International scored in all but one inning when it defeated Morningside 11-3 in Tuesday’s baseball game in Fullerton, Calif.
The Royals, who were ranked eighth nationally in the NAIA earlier this season, improved their record to 14-12, while the Mustangs dropped to 5-5.
The Royals led wire-to-wire after they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning and scored runs in each of the first six innings to grab a 10-3 lead.
Hope International scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning when Brendan Tercotte delivered a two-out, two-run single.
The Royals added two more runs in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by John James Battaglia and a RBI single by Frank Garriola.
Hope International made it 5-0 in the bottom of the third when Tristan Hildebrandt hit a two-out triple and stole home.
While the Royals’ hitters staked the hosts to their early lead, Hope International starting pitcher Dylan Hoffman no-hit the Mustangs over the first three innings.
Hoffman was unable to get out of the fourth inning, however, when he walked Nathan DeChaine and Joe Genoways and then served up a three-run home run to Andrew Kasperbauer. Hoffman was removed from the game one batter later after he walked the Mustangs’ Jordan Pierce.
Aside from Kasperbauer’s fourth inning home run, the Mustangs’ other hits were eighth inning singles by Kasperbauer and Shea Patterson.
Morningside will play a single game against Vanguard on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.