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COC baseball sets up today with a win

Cougars beat West L.A. Thursday, play conference leader today

Posted: April 10, 2014 9:42 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2014 9:43 p.m.

College of the Canyons' David Oppenheim homers in the third inning on Thursday.

 

The College of the Canyons baseball team swept a two-game set against West Los Angeles College with a 8-3 win on Thursday at College of the Canyons.

Now the focus turns to today’s game against Western State Conference South leader Los Angeles Mission College.

The Cougars are second in the WSC South standings.

COC lost its first meeting with Mission 7-5 when the Cougars traveled to Sylmar on March 15.

After taking a 4-0 lead, the Cougars gave up three runs in each the third and fourth innings and would never regain the lead.

The loss was COC’s first in conference and snapped a five-game win streak.

“I think (the players) are ready,” said Cougars head coach Chris Cota. “I know I am. We’re looking forward to playing them on our home field.”

Thursday’s game against West L.A. was a good warmup as the Cougars were strong in each area, putting together 11 hits, holding the Wildcats to six and only committing one error.

The Cougars (16-13-1, 12-5) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against in the bottom of the first when Nick Vigo, who singled to lead the inning off, was plated on an RBI single by Roberto Ramos.

COC extended its lead another four runs in the third inning when Vigo singled home Austin Cole and David Oppenheim turned on a pitch and sent it over the right field wall for a three-run home run.

Oppenheim would homer again in the bottom of the fifth to push the COC lead to 6-1. He finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

“David has been hitting the ball well for us,” Cota said. “He’s been hitting some hard line drives and a couple made it over the fence today. Overall, I think we handled the bat pretty well. We’ve been playing little ball well and we had a couple of sacrifices.”

Cougars starter J.C. Cloney pitched eight innings for the win, striking out nine and only allowing four hits and a run.

He is now 7-2 on the season.

The Wildcats (4-24, 3-14) attempted a comeback in the top of the ninth, sparked by a two-run home run by Jon-Paulo D’Este, but reliever Alberto Flores was able to recover and retire the next three batters he faced.

“Cloney gave us eight strong innings so we felt comfortable putting a new pitcher out there and getting him some experience,” Cota said.

West L.A. was led offensively by Zak Cooper, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored and D’Este and his two RBIs.

Today’s game against L.A. Mission will start at 2:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons.

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