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OCC advances to Super Regional

Pirates bash Los Angeles Valley to complete regional sweep, as Sabol keys 16-hit attack and Brennan earns 10th win.

May 07, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — It was back to business for the Orange Coast College baseball team on Sunday. And, as has been the case during a monumental 2012 season, business is booming for the Pirates.

The No. 1-ranked team in the state, which is also ranked atop one national poll, hammered Los Angeles Valley, 9-1, to complete a best-of-three sweep in the Southern California Regional held Saturday and Sunday at OCC.

The Pirates needed extra innings to prevail, 6-5, on Saturday, when they lost a 4-0 lead in the ninth and fell behind in the 10th, before rallying for the walk-off triumph.

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But Sunday was more of a walk in the ballpark for Coach John Altobelli's 33-4-1 juggernaut, which continues to display more than enough talent to offset its picayune weaknesses.

"This was more us today," Altobelli said after Sunday's conquest, in which freshman pitcher Brandon Brennan allowed no earned runs and just six hits in eight innings to improve to 10-1. "We were more business-like. A lot of guys were doing things differently [Saturday], than they have done all year. So, we talked about going back to our routine and what we do and not trying to do any more because it's the playoffs. We don't need to try harder, because it's the playoffs. We just need to do what we do."

What the Pirates did Sunday was amass 16 hits and score in four innings.

Sophomore left fielder Stefan Sabol was three for four with four runs batted in, including a two-run home run. The only out he made was a would-be single that was fielded on a short-hop by the left fielder, who threw to second in time to get a force out, rendering the play a fielder's choice. Sabol was five for nine in the regional with five RBIs and one stolen base.

Freshman right fielder Bijan Rademacher was three for five and sophomore shortstop Joel Licon was three for six with a home run. Rademacher also pitched a perfect ninth inning, as a group of professional scouts honed radar guns on his left-handed fastball that has reached 94 mph.

Sophomore first baseman Eilert Meyers was two for four with an RBI, making him four for eight with three RBIs in the regional.

Sophomore designated hitter Bryan Garza, the walk-off hero on Saturday with a two-run single, was one for three with an RBI on Sunday. He finished with three hits and three RBIs in the regional.

Freshman center fielder Boog Powell was one for six to give him four hits in the regional.

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