At this time last week the Hornets were celebrating their victory in a play-in game
continuing their season qualifying for the SoCal regionals. Now after sweeping the No. 2 seed Glendale College, the Hornets are preparing for the next round as they take on conference rival and No. 4 seed Cypress College.
The Hornets got the better of the Chargers in the season series taking two of three games.
After the Hornets were forced to forfeit 12 games due to an ineligible player it was unknown if they would even get in the tournament. The Hornets were done no favors given the No. 17 seed which almost guarantees they will play on the road as long as they keep winning.
“Obviously we would’ve liked to play at home but we can’t cry about it, we just got to play,” said Fullerton head coach Nick Fuscardo. “Our boys are mentally tough so once we got the call that we’re in they were ready to go.”
The Hornets got their postseason started in style with a 14-2 victory over their host Mt. San Jacinto College. The Hornets have been hot of late going 8-1 on the field, however three of those games were forfeited.
Fullerton’s two come from behind victories over Glendale were led by great pitching. Luis Corral and Anthony Parente led the way from the mound for the Hornets.
Parente took game one and pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up two runs on only three hits. Not to be outdone, Corral pitched eight innings giving up five hits and two earned runs.
Austin O’Banion has led the Hornets in hitting, with three home runs and eight RBIs in the post season.
The recent University of South Carolina commit Justin Row has pitched in with his batting, he has four RBIs and one home run.
“Our plan all season has been win the week, so nothing changes just the stakes are higher,” Fuscardo said. “This is baseball so anything can happen, we beat [Cypress] last time but this is a new series and we’ve got to be prepared.”
No. 17 Fullerton College (18-21, 11-10) will take on No. 4 Cypress College (26-12, 12-9) for a best of three game series. The Chargers will host the series kicking off Friday at 2 p.m. and the second game at noon Saturday. If necessary the third game will be Sunday at noon.