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COC Insider: Cougars rolling on the course

Golf picks up sixth win; softball goes 6-0-1 on the week

Posted: April 7, 2013 9:14 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2013 9:14 p.m.

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The College of the Canyons track and field teams were idle this week, but the men’s golf, softball and baseball teams saw plenty of action during the college’s spring break.


Men’s Golf

The top-ranked COC men’s golf team travelled to the par-72 Santa Maria Country Club, where the team carded a 7-over, 367 for the team’s sixth Western State Conference tournament victory. The Cougars, who hold a 36-0 record in conference play, beat out second-place finisher Santa Barbara City College’s 18-over, 378.

Freshman Sidney Wolf topped the leaderboard with an 18-hole total of 68, followed by sophomore Travis Bergmon, who came in second with a 1-under, 70, as Canyons was the only team to have players turn in under-par scores at the tournament.

Wolf, who turned in a season-low score, now takes over the No. 1 spot in the individual Southern California rankings with his 71.5 strokes-per-round average. The freshman from France has earned medalist honors in the last two tournaments, where he has posted 68s.

The Cougars will travel to San Dimas Canyon Golf Course today, for the team’s seventh Western State Conference Tournament.


Softball

The defending Western State Conference champion COC softball team went a perfect 6-0-1 this week in a mix of conference and non-conference matchups.

Sophomore pitcher Kimmie Lockhart pitched a complete-game shutout, while also driving in two runs as a batter, and the Cougars beat Fullerton 12-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Canyons scored eight runs in the first inning and held Fullerton to just one hit.

Two days later, the eighth-ranked squad in Southern California travelled to Glendale College for two more victories, 12-3 and 9-4, as the Cougars improved to 11-0 in conference play and 22-7-1 overall.

Canyons finished out the week at the Ventura College Tournament and notched two victories on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Allan Hancock and a 9-1 victory against Long Beach City College.

The Cougars closed out the weekend with a 14-4 win against Ventura College and a 2-2 tie against Moorpark College at the Ventura College Tournament.


Baseball

After winning 10 Western State Conference games in a row, the COC baseball team split games with first-place Glendale College this week.

In the first meeting of the week on Tuesday at Cougar Field, relief pitcher Julian Garcia threw three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four, to earn his first save of the year as the Cougars dismissed the Vaqueros 11-5. Trey Williams and Kevin Lenik each hit two-run home runs, while combining for four hits and six RBIs.

COC travelled to Glendale College on Thursday, and the bats that helped COC easily defeat the Vaqueros a few days earlier could not drive in any runs as the team fell 6-1. Canyons had seven hits on the afternoon, but left six on base against the best team in the conference.

COC, which is now 16-12 overall and 11-5 in conference play, is 2 1/2 games behind first-place Glendale College and one game behind Bakersfield College, which won three games last week.

Glendale College has eight games remaining in the regular season, including a home and away series with Bakersfield College. Bakersfield has six games left and COC has eight games to conclude the regular season, against teams that are all under .500 in conference play.

 

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