Big Innings Lead Eagles Baseball Team to Win
The MSJC baseball team scored 5 runs in each the bottom of the third and eighth innings on Tuesday to beat visiting San Diego Mesa 11-3 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.
Mesa started quickly by scoring three unearned runs in the top of the first inning to grab an early lead. The Eagles struck back for a run in the bottom of the first when Josh Minder tripled to centerfield to score Bryan Derzern. After a scoreless second inning the MSJC offense exploded for five runs in the third. MSJC's offense had 8 hits in the third inning with JT Brown, Nick Gonzales, and John Silvas each picking up an RBI while Minder added two more to his total with a two run single. The score remained 6-2 until the bottom of the 8th inning when the Eagle offense once again broke free and put the game out of reach with another 5 run frame. Jake Pulcheon put an exclamation point on the Eagle victory with a grand slam, and Silvas added his second RBI of the day.
Starting pitcher Brett Martin earned his 4th win of the season as he went 8 complete innings allowing no earned runs on 9 hits. Martin also struck out 3 and only walked one on the day, Jeramy Smith pitched a scoreless 9th in relief.
Minder finished the day going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs, Pulcheon had 4. MSJC had 15 total hits on the afternoon, Derzern had 3 while Silvas and Pulcheon ended the game with 2 a piece.
The win kept the Eagles in second place in the PCAC standings and improved their overall record to 15-12, they are 11-4 in conference games. Mesa fell to 9-18 overall and 5-11 in PCAC play. The Eagles have three more games this week as they travel to Southwestern Wednesday and Mesa Thursday, before returning home for the series finale with Mesa Saturday. Both road games are scheduled to begin at 2 pm, Saturday's game will be at noon.
Jake Pulcheon hit a grand slam in the 8th inning on Tuesday to cap off the MSJC baseball team's 11-3 win over San Diego Mesa. The Eagles are currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference standings and will play three more games this week. The Eagles are on the road Wednesday and Thursday, before returning home for a noon game on Saturday. (photo courtesy of MSJC baseball Facebook)