The MSJC baseball team came back from a 4-0 deficit on Tuesday to win 7-6 in 10 innings against Grossmont in a home Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.
The Eagles sputtered out of the gate as they made three first inning errors to allow four runs in the top half to fall behind early. MSJC would answer with a run in each the bottom of the first and second to cut the lead in half. Abraham Rascon doubled down the right field line in the bottom of the first to score Shane Mittleman and then Mittleman would walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second to earn an RBI of his own. The Eagles then cut the lead to one when they added another single run in the bottom of the fourth, this time is Joey Wall with a double to right that scored Trae Erickson.
Grossmont then pushed the lead back to three with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, including another unearned run. The Eagles then once again answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to one and then tied the score in the bottom of the seventh. Luke Rienert doubled home a run and Rigo Cano hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to move MSJC to within one and then in the seventh it was Brian Wolford who tied the game up with a fielder's choice that brought home Erickson.
Both teams then traded zeros in the 8th and 9th innings to force extras. After a solid top of the 10th on the mound by Michael Gomez for MSJC, the Eagles hit four straight singles in the bottom to score the winning run. Mittleman, Rienert, and Cano all singled to load the bases before Rascon came up with the winning hit up the middle.
Rienert and Mittleman each collected three hits on the day while Rascon drove in two runs. Woolford and Erickson both showed discipline at the plate earning three walks each. Steve Silvas was solid on the mound for the Eagles as he gave up just one earned run in six innings of work. Victor Picazo, Daniel Ivancich and Gomez combined for four shut out innings out of the bullpen with Gomez earning the victory.
The Eagles are now 6-4 in PCAC games and 7-18 overall while Grossmont fell to 13-12 overall and 5-5 in league. The two teams will finish their three game series with a game at Grossmont on Thursday at 2 pm and a game here on the San Jacinto Campus Saturday at noon.
MSJC's Abraham Rascon drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th Tuesday as the Eagles beat visiting Grossmont 7-6. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).