Fresh off winning the Sequoias Tournament title March 29, the Pirates
answered a 5-2 deficit with a five-run fifth inning and maintained the
momentum with a commanding pitching performance from sophomore Rob
"It all started with the silent practice we had after (losing to)
Saddleback," OCC Coach John Altobelli said. "I think they're believing in
the process a little more. I knew it was just going to be a matter of
Williams came in the fourth and delivered 5 1/3 innings of work to
post his second win of the season. He retired the side in order in the
fifth and sixth, pitched four scoreless innings and finished with three
strikeouts and no walks.
OCC sophomore Scott Beerer started the game, but could not shake the
effects of a sore foot injury.
"He went out there on pure stamina," Altobelli said of Beerer. "He
didn't have his good stuff. Most pitchers wouldn't go out there like
that, but he did it for us. Rob Williams kept us in the game, and our
offense got it done for us."
Jeremy Lahmann, an OCC sophomore, crushed a 3-2 pitch two-run home run
over the right-center field fence to tie the score in the fifth. Then,
sophomore catcher Ryan Hanson added a two-run base hit, that scored Ryan
Marcos, who singled, and Zack Merideth, who reached on a hit by pitch.
OCC freshman Donny Murphy went 3 for 4 with one RBI and two runs
scored to lead the Pirates' 12-hit attack, while Hanson finished 2 for 4
with two RBIs.
Coast returns to conference action Saturday at noon, playing at
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Keadle, Miller (5), Loopey (8), Zamarano (8) and Hansen; Beerer,
Williams (4), Hedgpeth (9) and Hanson. W - Williams, 2-0. L - Keadle. 2B
- Kungle (C) HR - Fielder (C), Lahmann (OCC).