One baseball expression for runners on base is ducks on the pond. For Orange Coast College sophomore infielder Jordan Beck this season, it has been more like fish in a barrel.
The Orange Empire Conference Co-MVP, who has helped lead OCC (30-8) into a Southern California Super Regional beginning Friday at 3 p.m. against Santa Barbara at Santa Ana College, has been the ultimate offensive opportunist.
Beck, without the aid of a home run and with only seven extra-base hits, has driven in a team-best 43 runs with his 52 hits in 2011. His 42 regular-season RBIs ranked No. 3 in the state and helped the Pirates score 300 runs in 36 regular-season games, which also ranked No. 3 among California community colleges.
So, with very little power — the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has just 11 extra-base hits in 232 collegiate at-bats — one might wonder how Beck has been so productive this season.