The MSJC baseball team exploded for 7 runs in the top of the 12th inning on Tuesday to pick up an 8-1 Foothill Conference victory at College of the Desert.
The Eagles continued their late season charge as they pushed their winning streak to seven games, and have won 9 of their last 10. On Tuesday the pitching carried the day for MSJC as Joe Fernandez and Sean Sanders combined to throw 12 innings allowing just one run and 4 hits. Sanders picked up the pitching victory throwing the final three innings allowing just one hit and no runs.
MSJC scored the first run of the game in the top of the second when Jeremy Schreiber hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Zach Fyfe. The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the ninth when Desert put runners on first and third with one out. The next hitter Bruce McKee then grounded into what appeared to be a game ending double play, but he was called safe at first and the runner from third scored sending the game into extra innings. Desert had runners on third in both the bottom of the 10th and the bottom of the 11th, but Sanders worked his way out of the inning both times.
The Eagle bats then came to life in the top of the 12th when the first three hitters of the inning got hits, with the third being an RBI single by Jeff Ricker to score Schreiber and give MSJC a 2-1 lead. Kyle Mead and Glenn Nichols each added RBIs later in the inning before a two run single by Fernando Fernandez pushed the game out of reach. MSJC batted around in the 12th with Schreiber picking up two hits in the inning. Sanders then closed the door in the bottom half of the inning for the win. Schreiber finished the day 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs while Markalexander Gamo had 4 hits in the game.
MSJC is now is second place alone in the Foothill Conference with a mark of 12-7, they are 19-12 overall. Desert fell to 11-11 and 13-20. The two teams will meet again on Thursday at MSJC beginning at 2:30 pm, and will wrap up the series on Saturday in Palm Desert at noon.