The injury occurred when Garza (.417 batting average, 20 hits, 10 doubles, 12 runs, 12 RBI in 12 games) reached for a tailing throw that sent his glove hand right into the oncoming baserunner, injuring his wrist in the process. He was immediately taken out of the game and sent to the hospital for observation.
Other multi-hit producers for the Pirates included Kevin Cho (two for two, one run, one RBIs), Eilert Meyers (two for four, three runs, three RBIs), Jordan Beck (two for three, one run, two RBIs), Austin Wobrock (two for three, two runs), Trent Woodward (two for three, one run, two RBIs), Colton Hamill (two for three, one run, two RBIs) and Blake Hugaert (two for five, one run).
OCC starter Chad Thompson, making his first start of the season since coming off of Tommy John surgery last year, pitched two effective innings, allowing two hits with no walks or strikeouts. Reliever Jed Vandernaald came in and picked up the win to go 2-0, allowing one run over four innings (none earned) with one walk and four strikeouts.
Palomar is 6-5.
The Pirates return to action Thursday at home, against College of the Canyons, beginning at 2 p.m.
Orange Coast def. Santa Monica
SANTA MONICA — Troy Tomasello had 11 kills to lead the Pirates to a 28-26, 25-21, 25-21 nonconference win Wednesday.
Richard De St. Jean had nine kills and four blocks, James Anderson amassed 36 assists and Danny Baker led with OCC (5-0) with eight digs.
COSTA MESA — Pitcher Patricia Olvera had a three-hitter with two strikeouts, one walk and one run to help Vanguard split a nonconference doubleheader with Chapman Wednesday.
Olvera led the Lions (4-5) to a 7-1 win in the first game, when Ariana Atwater, Elizabeth Archer and Brittany Colenzo had two hits each. Angela St. Croix had two runs batted in for Vanguard, which lost the nightcap, 9-3.
Chapman is 1-7.