they won't be the first, or the last team to get steamrolled under Uni's
General Sherman-like march through the PCL.
"I told our kids we'll probably lose two games this week," Costa Mesa
Coach Kirk Bauermeister, whose team faces Uni Thursday, said. "I just
told them to go out, play hard and compete."
Another key fact for Mesa, which falls to 3-4 in league and 6-9-1
overall, is that it will wrap up its schedule with Uni before Corona del
Mar and Laguna Beach. CdM, currently a half game ahead of Mesa for second
place in league, still has two games against the Trojans. Laguna Beach,
which is tied with Mesa for third, also has a pair left with Uni.
And that bodes well for the Mustangs. In its five PCL wins, Uni (11-3,
5-0 in league and ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division II)
outscored opponents, 53-8.
After two innings, the game was tied, 1-1. Mesa scored in the first
inning when Josh Little, who hit a leadoff double for the Mustangs,
scored on an error by Uni third baseman Kevin Conlin.
But Conlin made up for it in Uni's half of the first. He crushed a double
that would have been a three-bagger if he did not twist his ankle while
rounding first. Despite the limp, Conlin hobbled in to score on two Mesa
The Mustangs managed solid hits against Uni ace Matt Gamble in the first
three innings. Billy Halverson smoked a single in the second, and Daniel
Hunter hit a sharp base hit in the third. But both runners failed to
reach second base.
"This was a game of experience vs. inexperience," Bauermeister said. "Our
guys got scared during clutch situations. We have to settle down and make
In the third inning, Conlin blasted a three-run homer and Uni's offense
started its 11 run barrage. Conlin was Uni's star, amassing three hits in
the game and missing the cycle by a single.
But what really hurt Mesa was Uni's 7-8-9 hitters, who accounted for four
"We didn't do a good job with the bottom of their lineup," Bauermeister
said. "Conlin and (Jay) Nichols are going to get their hits, but we have
to get the guys out in front of them. We have to hold them to solo home
runs, not three-run homers."
On the other side, Gamble settled down, and at one point, struck out
seven Mesa batters in a row until Nick Cabico got an infield hit.
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
University 11, Costa Mesa 1 Costa Mesa 100 00 - 1 4 3 University 104 34 - 11 11 1 Haubrick and Fajardo; Gamble and Wood. W - Gamble, 4-0. L - Haubrick,
3-1. 2B - Little (CM), Conlin (U), Edmonds (U). 3B - Conlin (U), Cumsky
(U). HR - Conlin.