Eagle Baseball Beats Palomar in Wild Finish
The MSJC baseball team was cruising along with a 5-2 lead through seven innings Thursday, before a wild finish had the Eagles holding on for a key 9-7 conference victory.
The Eagles took a first inning lead when Jake Pulcheon doubled to score Bryan Derzern. The Comets tied the game up in the top of the third, but MSJC responded by adding single runs i the bottom of the third and fifth innings and putting up two runs in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead. Pulcheon drove in JT Brown in the third for the Eagles, and Brown scored again in the 5th on an RBI single from Nick Gonzales. Brown picked up an RBI of his own in the sixth on a double that brought Cesar Tamayo home.
Palomar would score one run in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-2, and then the Comets added two more in the top of the eighth to cut the Eagles lead to 5-4. MSJC looked to put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth when Josh Minder delivered a bases loaded triple scoring three runs, and then scored himself on a Gonzales sacrifice fly. The Comets were not done however, as Chase Grant hit a two out three run homerun in the top of the 9th to cut the lead to 9-7. Jeramy Smith was able to come on in relief for the Eagles and earn the save by ending the inning with a strike out.
Zevon Benoit earned his team best 6th pitching victory of the season as he went 8 and 2/3 innings, before yielding to Smith for the final out. Benoit struck out 8 in the win and is now 6-3 on the year, Smith earned his 5th save.
Brown finished the game with 3 hits and four runs scored for the Eagles, Gonzales, Pulcheon, and Ben Moreno each had two hits for MSJC.
The win improved the Eagles record to 12-11 overall and 8-3 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action while Palomar is now 13-12 and 8-5. The same two teams will play the final game of their season series on Saturday when the Eagles travel to San Marcos for a noon game.
Josh Minder had a three run triple in the bottom of the 8th inning and starting pitcher Zevon Benoit earned his team high 6th win of the season on Thursday as the MSJC baseball team beat visiting Palomar 9-7 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.