Offense Carries MSJC Baseball in Home Opener

The MSJC baseball team opened up their home season on Tuesday afternoon and came away with a 10-7 non-conference win over visiting Barstow College.baseballforbarstow1-18.jpg

The Eagles came out of the gates quickly as they scored four times in the bottom of the first inning.  Abraham Rascon, Rigo Cano, and Luke Reinert each drove in a run in the first to give MSJC the lead.  Barstow crept back in the game with a single run in the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth to close the lead to 4-3.  The Eagles responded in the bottom half of the fifth with two runs of their own as Reinert hit his second triple of the game to score Cano and then Ian Byers hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Reinert.  The Vikings picked up an unearned run in the 7th to pull back within two before Byers drove in his second run of the day and John Mendoza singled home a run to push MSJC's led back to 8-4.  Things got interesting in the top of the 8th as Barstow scored three runs, two unearned, to cut the Eagle lead to 8-7.  Byers once again answered the call in the bottom of the inning, this time picking up his third RBI of the day when he got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.  Michael Alonzo grounded out to second base driving in one more insurance run.  Michael Gomez, who had entered to pitch with two outs in the 8th worked a perfect 9th inning to earn the save.

Victor Picazo earned the pitching victory for the Eagles as he went 2 1/3 innings in relief allowing just one unearned run.  Francisco Martinez had a strong outing as the MSJC starter going 3 1/3 allowing just one run while striking out three.  Reinert, Byers, Cano, Rascon, and Joseph Wall each had 2 hits a piece for MSJC with Reinert crossing the plate three times.

The win was the first of the season for the Eagles who are now 1-2 on the year, Barstow fell to 1-3.  MSJC is right back in action tomorrow when they travel to Lancaster to take on Antelope Valley.

The MSJC baseball team played their first home game of the season on Tuesday and came away with a 10-7 win over Barstow.  The Eagles will be in action again tomorrow when they travel to Antelope Valley.