COSTA MESA — Though nailing a pick to click in the batting order has proved to be a daily exercise in serendipity, the Orange Coast College baseball team has experienced far less variance in the performance of its two ace starting pitchers.
Sophomore Keegan Yuhl held up his half of the bargain on the bump Friday, as the host Pirates blanked Cypress, 3-0, in the opening round of the four-team, double-elimination Southern California Super Regional.
The Pirates (34-4-1), ranked No. 1 in the state, as well as one national poll, will face Mt. San Antonio (31-8) in Saturday's winner's bracket semifinal at 11 a.m., hoping to advance to Sunday's championship game(s). The winner of the four-team Super Regional gets a spot in the four-team State Championship, held May 18-20 at Bakersfield Community College.
Yuhl, the Orange Empire Conference Pitcher of the Year, won for the 11th time in 12 starts this season, getting back on track after a ninth-inning barrage halted his streak of 10 wins in 10 starts in a game the Pirates eventually won in extra innings on Saturday in the regional against Los Angeles Valley.