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College baseball: COC can’t halt its skid

Cougars give up big eighth inning in loss

Posted: March 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

College of the Canyons baseball fell to Pierce College 7-6 Tuesday afternoon at College of the Canyons in a matchup of two teams looking to end two-game losing streaks.

For much of the game, the Cougars (9-9, 1-4) looked as though they had the game in hand, leading 6-2 entering the eighth inning after posting a five-run fifth.

Cougars starting pitcher John Salas handled the Brahmas for most of the game, allowing four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings pitched in a no-decision.

Despite the large lead, the Brahmas (9-8, 2-3) rallied for five runs in the eighth.

“We played better today,” said Cougars first baseman Jake Jelmini. “The end result is frustrating, but it’s baby steps.”

Pierce’s Matt Sanchez sparked the rally with a two-run home run.

“We persevered,” Sanchez said. “It’s never the end while there are still innings on the board.”

After Cougars pitcher Kameron Krise came in to replace Salas, the Brahmas continued their rally with help from an error by COC shortstop Juan Perez.

Pierce’s Justin Fredlender doubled him home later in the inning and Andy Weissberg doubled in two runs of his own to give Pierce its first lead of the game at 7-6.

“Guys weren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing on defense (late in the game),” said Cougars head coach Chris Cota. “We need to play better baseball for nine innings.”

COC tried to mount a comeback in the eighth inning, leading off with two straight singles by Tommy Ferndino and Jelmini, but the Brahmas stopped the Cougars short.

COC saw another opportunity to tie the game in the ninth inning when Kasey Toven and Cal Vogelsang each reached base with just one out. But Kamran Young hit into a game-ending double play.

Jelmini hit a solo home run that was part of COC’s big fifth inning.

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