The MSJC baseball team picked up another big win on Tuesday as they won the first game of a three game series with Southwestern 6-4 in San Jacinto to move within one game of second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
The win was the sixth in the past seven games for the Eagles and keeps them in the hunt for a post season berth. Tuesday Southwestern got on the board first when they scored an unearned run in the top of the opening inning. MSJC took control of the game in the bottom of the second when Johnny Valdez doubled off the leftfield wall to drive in Zach Fyfe and Kyle Mead. Manny Mendoza pushed the Eagles lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third when he singled to center to score Kash Mattson. MSJC again extended the lead in the fourth when Jeremy Schreiber had an RBI double and Valdez scored on a Jaguar error to make it 5-1.
Southwestern closed the gap in the top of the sixth with two runs, but the Eagles scored again in the bottom of the inning when Valdez stole third and then scored when the ball got away from the third baseman. The MSJC bullpen went three innings and allowed just one run the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Valdez ended his day going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Mendoza also finished the day with a pair of hits. Starting pitcher Austin Bowker went 6 innings to earn the win as he surrendered 3 unearned runs on 5 hits while striking out 4. Zac Tapia and Brian Hogencamp combined to pitch the seventh and eighth before Sean Sanders came in to earn the save in the ninth.
The win pushed MSJC's record to 18-16 overall on the season, but more importantly to 13-9 in the PCAC. Southwestern fell to 24-10 and 14-8. MSJC now trails the Jaguars by one game with two games between the teams still to be played. The Eagles will travel to Chula Vista on Thursday and Southwestern returns to MSJC on Friday to wrap up the regular season. Both games are scheduled to start at 2 pm.
Sean Sanders threw a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday to earn the save in MSJC's 6-4 victory over Southwestern. The Eagles are now one game behind Southwestern for second place in the PCAC with two games left between the two teams. MSJC travels to Southwestern Thursday and Jaguars come back to MSJC on Friday, both games start at 2 pm.