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COC baseball: A rotten dozen

COC gives up 12 runs in loss

Posted: April 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
College of the Canyons’ Jeremy Weber (15) slides into second base as Glendale’s Sako Chapjian goes to apply a tag on Tuesday at COC. College of the Canyons’ Jeremy Weber (15) slides into second base as Glendale’s Sako Chapjian goes to apply a tag on Tuesday at COC.
College of the Canyons’ Jeremy Weber (15) slides into second base as Glendale’s Sako Chapjian goes to apply a tag on Tuesday at COC.

The College of the Canyons baseball team has been a roll lately, winning six of its last seven games dating back to March 19.

But against Glendale Community College, what had been a strong suit during the stretch let the Cougars down - pitching.

Four COC pitchers battled control issues and combined to give up a season-high 12 runs - all earned - in a 12-7 loss to the Vaqueros on Tuesday at COC to further convolute a crowded conference field.

"It was just contagious," said Cougars head coach Chris Cota of his pitchers' struggles.

Starter Troy Neiman took the loss for COC (15-12, 7-7), giving up four runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. Neiman struck out three, but left in the fifth inning after pulling a muscle in his side. He is expected to be re-evaluated today, Cota said.

In stepped David Haerle, who pitched the fifth inning and into the sixth. Five runs were credited to Haerle after Steven Messner took over in the sixth with no outs and the bases loaded. Messner struck out five over three innings, allowing one run. Robbie Mousselli pitched the ninth and gave up two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

The pitchers combined to walk 10.

"That will get you every time," said Vaqueros head coach Chris Cicuto. "Our guys got hits when they needed to get hits and took advantage of those opportunities. It's always a great win when you beat College of the Canyons. They are a great team and well coached."

COC entered the day tied with three other teams for third place, one game behind Western State Conference, South Division co-leaders Bakersfield College and Los Angeles Pierce College. Glendale (16-11, 7-7) was only two games out of first.

The Vaqueros jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning Tuesday on a solo home run to straight-away center field by David Park.

The Cougars responded with a four-run bottom of the frame, highlighted by first baseman Jake Jelmini's three-RBI double with the bases loaded that scored Juan Perez, Cal Vogelsang and Jeremy Weber.

Glendale erased COC's 4-1 advantage in the fifth with back-to-back home runs by Matt McCallister and Ellis Whitman that accounted for three runs.

Then the Vaqueros really poured it on, tallying five runs in the sixth with another in the seventh for a 10-4 lead.

Two of those runs were scored on bases-loaded walks and two more came off passed balls and wild pitches.

COC got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Weber's sacrifice fly ball that scored Mousselli and Perez's heads-up play, taking home on a passed ball.

Glendale added two more runs in the ninth on Sako Chapjian's two-RBI single, but Perez got one back in the bottom of the inning when he stole second and came all the way around to score when the ball went into center field.

Vaqueros pitcher Ryan Sheriff earned the win, striking out five and allowing four runs on seven hits through six innings.

McCallister finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs for the Vaqueros, who had three other players record multiple hits.

Perez batted 2-for-3 with three runs, while Weber and Mitchell Thompson each went 2-for-4. Jelmini wound up 2-for-3.

"(Coming into the game) we had a lot of momentum, but when we play Glendale, we know we are in for a dogfight and have to play to the finish," Jelmini said. "We have to get back on the horse and get a win Thursday."

The two teams meet again Thursday in Glendale.



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