Softball sinks

Orange Coast College softball was run out of its own house, as the team was outgunned in a 16-0 mismatch against Santa Barbara Community College Saturday afternoon.

It marks the third mercy rule the team has faced in its opening eight games, as the girls fall to (2-6) overall, and are still (0-3) in conference play.

For a struggling team as well, Santa Barbara (4-9) made it look as if it was top collegiate program, as they rallied for a dominant 12 hits in just five innings of play.

Santa Barbara made its long journey to Coast worthwhile, in a game that it took control of from the very first inning and on.

The scoring was broken open almost immediately with two early walks, and a RBI single setting up Santa Barbara for a three-run home run to center, by its third basemen putting the team up 4-0 after one inning.

A quick one-two-three inning allowed Santa Barbara’s hot bats to keep swinging as it brought two more runners across on an error, and a wild pitch in the second.

Coast’s next two frames at bat went by with just one walk to note, which was worked by sophomore first baseman Ashley Boss.

The game was put away following a grueling fourth inning for Coast where it gave up 10 runs on seven hits, and one walk stretching the Santa Barbara lead to 16 runs.

Swinging for the fences Santa Barbara hit its second home run of the game in the fourth when the teams right fielder crushed a ball for a grand slam.

OCC finally escaped the inning after a single to the left fielder was stretched into what would have been a double had the runner not been thrown out.

It was an embarrassing outing for a pitching staff that walked six batters, tacking onto the 12 hits it gave up, and two home runs.

Coast picked up its sole hit of the game in the fourth inning, ending the no hit bid via a bunt by freshman pitcher/shortstop Jaelyn Operana. She would also go onto steal a base during the next at-bat.

No runs came across for either side in the fifth inning, which is where the game concluded.

The Pirates will need to look to reset as the team approaches a four game stretch against conference opponents including rival Golden West.

Coast will begin the four game stretch Wednesday away against Santa Ana College at 3 p.m. as the team looks to find its first conference victory of the season.

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