Offense Carries Baseball Team to Two Wins Over IVC

The MSJC baseball team completed their four game season sweep of Imperial Valley with a pair of easy wins on Thursday and Friday at home in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action.JakePulcheonforivc3and4-16.jpg

Thursday the Eagles blew open a close gam early with 4 runs in the bottom of the third and 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth on their way to a 14-4 victory.  MSJC smashed out 20 hits on the day with seven different players getting at least two hits a piece.  Jake Pulcheon, Mauryse McClellan, and Steven Ybarra all had 3 hits each in the win.  Josh Minder had a game high 4 RBIs, while going 2 for 3 on the afternoon.  Nine different MSJC players crossed the plate Thursday.  Starting pitcher Zevon Benoit earned his team best fifth win of the season going 7 strong innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 7 and walking just one.  Adam Fields and Ryan King pitched an inning each of relief.

Friday the MSJC offense once again took control of the game as they erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth on their way to an easy 19-5 victory.  Minder had his second straight huge day as he went 3 for 4 with a homerun, a double, and 5 RBI.  The Eagles had 19 total hits on the day; John Silvas, Ybarra, Ben Moreno, and Bryan Derzern all had 2 hits each.  Derzern, Moreno, and JT Brown each had a pair of RBIs.  Johnny Hernandez earned the pitching victory on Friday as he went 6 innings allowing just 2 earned runs as he struck out 8 IVC hitters.  Fields, Alec Escalante, and Jeremy Smith each threw one inning out of the bullpen to secure the victory.

The two wins improved the Eagles overall season record to 11-10, they are now 7-2 in PCAC play.  Imperial fell to 4-20 and 0-12.  MSJC will play a key three game series this week with Palomar, beginning on Tuesday.  Tuesday and Saturday MSJC will travel to San Marcos to take on the Comets and on Thursday the Eagles will host Palomar on the San Jacinto Campus.  Tuesday and Thursday's games are scheduled for 2 pm while Saturday's contest will begin at noon.

Jake Pulcheon had 4 hits and scored 5 times on Thursday and Friday as the MSJC baseball team won two games against visiting Imperial Valley College.  The Eagles who are now 7-2 in PCAC games will host Palomar on Thursday at 2 pm.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)