MSJC Baseball Headed to Play-offs
The MSJC baseball team will advance to the CCCAA Southern California Regional Tournament starting on Tuesday with a home game against Fullerton College.
The Eagles struggled in the final week of the season as they were swept by Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Champion Grossmont, but their 20-16 overall record and 15-9 mark in conference play was enough to earn MSJC the #16 seed. The three losses to Grossmont kept the Eagles from a shot at the conference title and their 15-9 mark gave them a third place finish in league play.
Fullerton enters the Tuesday's game as the #17 seed with an overall record of 15-21, they finished 11-10 and in fourth place in the Orange Empire Conference, but both of those marks are deceiving. The Hornets were forced to forfeit 13 games on the season, 11 of which they won, including a game where they beat the Eagles 12-0 back on February 23rd. Fullerton will come into the play-offs with the 3rd highest team batting average in the state, they are tied for second in homeruns, and 3rd in runs scored for the season. The Hornets powerful offense is led by Shane Carrier who comes into the post season hitting .405 with 11 homeruns, 53 RBIs, and 17 doubles. Austin O'Banion has 48 RBIs and Justin Row is hitting .389. Randall Ortiz leads Fullerton's pitching staff with 7 wins on the year.
The Eagles will be playing in the post season for the first time since 2013. Josh Minder leads MSJC's offense headed into the play-offs. Minder hit .357 during the regular season with 13 extra base hits including 5 triples while driving in 29 runs. Jake Pulcheon hit .328 with 14 extra base hits including 19 RBIs and 12 doubles. Ben Moreno drove in 26 runs for the Eagles while Nick Gonzales finished the regular season with 25 driven in. Zevon Benoit led the MSJC pitching staff with 9 wins, he threw 94 and 2/3 innings on the year with an ERA of 3.42. Jeramy Smith came out of the bullpen to earn 6 saves and he struck out 30 hitters in 20 and 1/3 innings of work.
Tuesday's winner will advance into a three game series at either Saddleback or Glendale this weekend.
Tickets for Tuesday's game will be available at the gate. The prices set by the CCCAA are as follows; $12 general admission and $8 for students, staff, faculty, senior citizens, and children under 12.