Late Offense Gives MSJC Baseball Team Victory

The MSJC baseball team's offense came alive in the late innings on Tuesday to help the Eagles to a 10-7 win over visiting Southwestern in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.morenoswern2-16.jpg

The Eagles trailed 6-2 after five innings, before their offense scored 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth, 4 runs in the seventh, and 2 more in the eighth to complete the comeback victory.  Jake Pulcheon and Josh Minder each had an RBI in the third inning for the first two Eagle runs.  In the sixth JT Brown was credited with one RBI on a play that scored both Mauryse McClellan and John Silvas.  In the seventh, Ben Moreno picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice and Nick Gonzales scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 6-6.  Later in the inning Steven Ybarra drove in a pair of runs on a single to give MSJC the lead 8-6.  Southwestern pulled back to within one run in the top of the 8th, but in the bottom of the inning pinch hitter Marino Rojas, and Moreno both added an RBI to give the Eagles a three run cushion. 

Ryan King earned his first win of the season on the mound despite going just 1/3 of an inning.  Jeramy Smith earned his 6th save as he pitched the 8th and 9th for MSJC to preserve the lead.  Starting pitcher Brett Martin went 5 innings.  Minder finished with a game high 3 hits for MSJC, he also drove in one run and crossed the plate twice.  Pulcheon and Moreno each had two hits for the Eagles with Moreno driving in 2 runs.

The win improved the Eagles overall season record to 13-12, they are 9-4 in PCAC games.  Southwestern fell to 11-14 overall and 7-6 in the conference.  These same two teams will meet again on Thursday and Saturday.  Thursday they will play in Chula Vista with first pitch scheduled for 2pm, Friday they will return to MSJC for a noon contest.

Ben Moreno had two hits and 2 RBIs on Tuesday to help the MSJC baseball team to a 10-7 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory over visiting Southwestern.  The Eagles improved to 13-12 on the season with the victory.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)