CYPRESS — Whether they are facing a third strike, a third out, their final out, or a deficit, Orange Coast College baseball players usually get the same two-word prescription for success from Coach John Altobelli.
"Tiger up," Altobelli shouts from the third-base coaching box, a message that is sometimes echoed by players in the dugout. It happens so consistently during a nine-inning game, one might consider it more monotony than motivation. But the Pirates seem to repeatedly take it to heart.
For the second time in four days against Cypress, the Pirates certainly earned their stripes. Tuesday, the visitors continually rallied by coming through in the clutch to claim a 13-8 Orange Empire Conference victory.
OCC, which trailed, 3-0, 5-3 and 8-7, on Tuesday, erased a five-run ninth-inning deficit and went on to defeat the Chargers, 7-6, in 11 innings at home on Saturday.
"We just know how to win," said sophomore shortstop Jordan Beck, who went three for five and drove in three runs, one with each of his singles, to up his team-leading RBI total to 33. "Whenever we're down, it doesn't faze us. We just find a way to win."