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COC hot after slow start

Posted: April 5, 2009 1:30 a.m.
Updated: April 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons pitcher Steve Burton delivers a pitch during a game earlier this season.

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College of the Canyons baseball dropped a 5-3 decision against West L.A. College Saturday on the road.

The red-hot Cougars finally cooled off.

After opening the season 7-10-1 and splitting its first eight game games in the Western State Conference, the Cougars didn’t look like the team that won the conference crown in 2008.

But everything changed quickly.

The Cougars ran off 11 wins in a row before falling to West L.A. Saturday to rocket to the top of the Western State Conference South Division standings.

An offensive explosion is a major reason for COC’s turnaround.

The Cougars have notched double figures in seven games during their current winning streak, led by Trevor Brown’s prolific season, which has seen him bat .395 and slug .723. The outfielder also leads the team with 46 RBIs and eight home runs.

Matt Warr has also been a big part of the offense, knocking in 33 runs while compiling an OPS of 1.001.

On the mound, Trevor McDonald has paced the team with five wins, while Chipper Smith has picked up four victories and posted a team-low ERA of 2.56.

Smith also is leading the team with 45.2 innings pitched.

College of the Canyons notched back-to-back games with 18 runs. Bloom highlighted an 18-11 victory over West Los Angeles with six RBIs, while Hugo Hernandez added four RBIs along with a home run.

The road to a WSC title is still a long one for COC. Twelve games remain for for the Cougars with the Spring Tournament at Allan Hancock up next.

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