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COC baseball: No relief

Bullpen, errors spell trouble for COC

Posted: February 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.

East Los Angeles College's Ruben Ramirez tags out College of the Canyons' Juan Perez on Friday at COC.

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In its 2011 home opener, College of the Canyons baseball won with its bats.

A day later, it lost with its fielding.

The Cougars committed four errors, opening the door for a 4-3 loss to East Los Angeles College on Friday in the second day of the Western State Conference Tournament at COC.

After scoring early and often in a 7-2 win over Cerritos Thursday, the Cougars had to scrap for runs Friday when the wind was blowing in from right field.

East L.A. proved to be the more scrappy team though.

"You need to be able to manufacture runs, an they did a much better job of that," said COC head coach Chris Cota.

The Cougars (3-2) aided the Huskies in doing so.

Trailing 2-1, East L.A. (2-2) scored three in the sixth inning after COC pitcher Andy Arriaga took over in relief.

The inning began with Huskies first baseman Juan Vera reaching on an error by COC shortstop Kasey Toven.

The next batter was hit by a pitch, and two batters after that, Vera scored on a wild pitch, knotting it at 2-2.

Two hits, a wild pitch and two pegged batters later, and the Huskies scored two more runs to make it 4-2.

Arriaga was given the loss on the day for his 2/3 innings of work.

"Any time you give teams extra outs, they're bound to score some runs eventually," Cota said of the errors.

COC originally took the lead when leadoff hitter Jeremy Weber tagged a solo home run over the left-field wall in the third inning.

That followed Juan Perez's groundout RBI in the first, which pushed Weber across the plate.

Weber finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs.

But when it mattered, COC couldn't get a timely hit or sacrifice to get back into the game.

Staring at a 4-3 deficit in the eighth inning, the Cougars found themselves with runners on second and third with one out.

Third baseman Robbie Mousselli grounded out to third, holding the runners, and Jake Jelmini flew out to center to end the threat.

"It's something that we've talked about a lot," Weber said. "We just need to do the small things better."

Huskies pitcher Calvin Chambers was the one who worked out of the eighth inning jam, and he closed out the ninth to earn the save.

Starter Cameron Baker got the win, going six innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits.

COC's starter Cory Jones had to come out after the fifth inning despite allowing just one run due to the patience of East L.A. hitters early on.

"We knew he was pretty good and part of that was trying to wait him out and get his pitch count up," said Huskies head coach James Hines said of Jones.

Catcher Tommy Ferndino hit and RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, and second baseman Juan Perez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Cougars. COC finishes off the WSC Tournament today against L.A. Harbor.



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