Originally written for publishing on April 1, 2013.
The Fullerton College baseball team snapped their ten-game winning streak with a loss to Mt. San Jacinto, 3-2, Thursday, at home. The Hornets’ eight-game win streak within conference play is still alive.
The Hornets (19-7, 9-2) struck first in the bottom of the second. Jose Rojas singled to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, Oliver Jackson, grounded out to second and moved Rojas over to third base. Garrett Donohoe then stepped in and hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Rojas and give the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles came back in the fifth and managed to tie up the game. After a fielder’s choice and a bunt, Markalexander Gamo singled to drive in Chase Phillips and tie up the game.
Mt. San Jacinto (15-12) added another run in the sixth to take their first lead of the game. A lead-off single by Vince Canales put him at first, and he was later moved over to second with another single. Glenn Nichols then singled to center to drive in Canales and take a 2-1 lead.
That would be the end of the game for FC ace, Jeff Curran. Curran picked up his first loss of the season, dropping his record to 5-1.
Curran went six innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits, two walks and struck out six Eagles.
Austin Sweet came in to pitch the seventh inning, and the Eagles scored for the third consecutive inning. The run came on an RBI groundout by Canales, but was unearned because of an error on Thomas Castro earlier in the inning.
FC made a comeback effort in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late. Derreck Garcia singled to lead off the inning, and Erik Lewis followed him up with a single of his own. Troy Mulcahey stepped up for the third consecutive single, which drove in Garcia to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Then Rojas came up and struck out. With Oliver Jackson batting, Lewis got caught in a rundown between third base and the plate and was tagged out. Jackson then struck out to end the game.
Augie Gallardo finished off the game, and turned in a complete game for the Eagles. In his nine innings pitched, Gallardo gave up two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out four Hornets.
The Hornets will dive back into conference play, as they host Irvine Valley College, Thursday at 2 p.m.