The MSJC baseball team got some solid pitching from Austin Bowker, but couldn't push enough runs across the plate on Thursday as they lost to visiting Grossmont College 3-2.
The Eagles held a 1-0 lead through seven innings, but three unearned runs by the Griffons in the eighth and ninth proved costly. MSJC took the lead when catcher Jeremy Schreiber doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and then scored on a pair of Grossmont wild pitches.
The Griffons scored their only run off Bowker in the top of the 8th when a wild play that started with a routine ground ball to short stop allowed Javiar Gonzalez to score. Zach Fyfe made a flip to second base for a force out, but then LA Gamo threw the ball away trying to cut down Gonzalez at the plate. Grossmont took the lead in the top of the 9th when they scored two more unearned runs off MSJC reliever Sean Sanders. The Eagles tried to rally in the bottom of the 9th and scored a run on pinch hitter Kash Mattson's RBI single, but that would be all MSJC could score as they stranded the tying run at first.
Bowker finished the day throwing 8 innings and allowing 8 hits while striking out 5 and giving up no earned runs. Sanders was the hard luck loser as he threw 2/3 of an inning, but was charged with 2 unearned runs. The Eagles only had 6 hits on the day highlighted by the Schreiber double, and a double from Don des Vigne.
MSJC ins now 6-10 overall and 1-3 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play. Grossmont improved to 8-6 and 2-3. The Eagles are back in action today when they host Imperial Valley at 2 pm.