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College baseball: Just a minor shift

Lineup shuffle helps COC snap a four-game losing skid

Posted: March 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons shortstop Juan Perez fields the ball as he prepares to tag out Los Angeles Valley College’s Robert Gonzalez in the sixth inning on Saturday at COC.

A little tweak to the lineup and the whole attitude changed.

Coming off four straight losses in the Western State Conference, South Division, College of the Canyons baseball was looking for answers at the plate.

COC used a big seventh-inning rally to end a four-game losing streak with 9-4 win over Los Angeles Valley College on Saturday at COC.

“We made some changes today,” said COC head coach Chris Cota. “We put a couple guys in that haven’t been in there before to try to create a spark.”

One of those new guys was freshman Mitchell Thompson, who ended up going 2-for-3 and drew a walk to leadoff the seventh inning for the Cougars (10-10, 2-5).

At that point, L.A. Valley (3-16, 1-6) led 4-2, but the Cougars took control with a three-hit, six-run onslaught in the seventh.

After Thompson’s walk, L.A. Valley pitcher Chase Munoz gave up a single and hit two straight batters to allow the first run of the inning.

With COC still trailing 4-3, shortstop Juan Perez put his team up for good when he got a hold of hanging slider and hit a two-RBI double the other way into right field.

“He was throwing a lot of sliders and we saw that they were doing that, so we just waited for them,” Perez said of Munoz, who started the game for the Monarchs, but was taken out one batter after Perez.

In 6 1/3 innings, Munoz gave up eight earned runs and allowed a two-run home run to Jeremy Weber in the fourth.
“His pitch count was 80. He had been cruising up to that point,” said L.A. Valley head coach Dave Mallas. “He just got into a little trouble, hit a couple batters, walked a few guys, and that was it.”

Catcher Tommy Ferndino also contributed for the Cougars in the seventh when he knocked in a pair of runs with a single, which was followed by Weber’s RBI sacrifice fly, giving him three RBIs in the game.

When all was settled in the frame, COC led 8-4.

It added the final run on Robbie Mousselli’s sacrifice fly in the eighth.

“It finally actually hit people that it’s kind of embarrassing to keep losing games like this,” Perez said.


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