The Pirate baseball team extended its seven game win streak, beating College of the Canyons 9-4 Saturday on Wendell Pickens Field.
Before Saturday, the Pirates were riding a six-game win streak, where it hadn’t given up the first run of the game. Against Canyons however, the team did fall behind first.
“There’s things we need to do to improve and make sure we continue to get better as a team,” head coach Nate Johnson said.
OCC opened the game with sophomore pitcher Juan Sanjuan, who was making his second start of the season. The Pirates pitcher came out shaky, giving up a leadoff triple to Canyons.
The Pirates gave up four runs, and had bases still loaded with two outs, leading to Tim Matz, the pitching coach, looking to his bullpen.
The right handed sophomore pitcher Jack Noble was called upon. He was able to get out of the treacherous first inning, but not before the Pirates were down 4-0.
Desperate to keep its streak alive, the Pirates began to initiate the comeback.
The team posted one run in the bottom of the first off of sophomore infielder David Morgan’s single that scored sophomore outfielder Jared Schatz. It wasn’t until the third inning that OCC started to show its championship tendencies.
With runners on second and third, sophomore outfielder Chase Hanson had a chance to tie the game for the Pirates, which he ultimately did with a base hit to right field scoring David Morgan and freshman infielder Cary Arbolida. Hanson stayed hot going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Pirates continued to assert its dominance over Canyons, scoring a combined four runs in the fifth and sixth innings. OCC won by five runs but had many chances to blow the game open even more, leaving a total of 14 men on base.
After the first inning, the Pirates pitching staff consisted of Jack Noble, sophomore Jake Lopez, and freshmen Kelly Austin.
As a group they faced a total of 26 batters, giving up no earned runs, striking out eight and allowing only three hits in eight innings pitched.
“We’re on a roll going into conference. What we’ve been able to do in our schedule after everything we’ve been dealing with is amazing to say the least,” Johnson said. “I still think we haven’t played our best baseball.”
The Pirates jump to (9-6) on the season. OCC’s next home contest comes against Golden West Thursday at 2 p.m., when it faces the Rustlers for a second time in its three-game series of conference play.