The men’s baseball team fell to second to last in the South Coast Conference with its loss to East Los Angeles College on Thursday. The 18-7 loss could be a culmination of bad performances by the opening and relieving pitchers according to Head Coach Evan O’Meara.
The game was held at Jackie Robinson Field in Brookside Park,
“Pitching cost us the game,” said a disappointed O’Meara.
“Our pitching accounted for 15 of the 18 points”, said O’Meara.
The Lancers went scoreless through six innings until they finally would fight back with a run brought in by freshman centerfielder Garrett Adams.,
Adams has a .268 batting average with 15 hits, 13 runs batted in, three runs and home run in SCC play.
Through the remainder of the match the offense played fairly well with valuable performances by freshmen outfielder George Gonzalez and sophomore leftfielder Enrique Reynoso.
Gonzalez who went 4-4 against the Huskies pitching had a great overall day according to O’Meara.
“Reynoso had a great hitting day, except for his last at bat,” said O’Meara.
Reynoso, who has started and played in every conference match up, has a .292 batting average with 21 hits, 8 runs batted in and one home run.
Reynoso had the only home run for the Lancers on Thursday.
Even with the solo shot to centerfield in the bottom of the eighth, the Lancers were not be able to retaliate to the 6 to 18 Huskies lead.
With the Huskies outscoring the Lancers in the third, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings the Lancers fell behind and would be unable to respond.
Although the Lancers did not pitch well, O’Meara still felt that the other aspects of the game were played relatively well.
“The ugly performances in pitching these past couple games could be blamed to our losses,” said O’Meara.
The Lancers are now second to last in the conference and now are in the difficult position of contending for a possibility of playoff contention
“We are left licking our wounds,” said O’Meara following the contest.
The Lancers next conference game is April 8 against El Camino College in Torrance.