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By Barry Faulkner | March 25, 2014
SANTA ANA — Orange Coast College hitters banged the ball all around, even out of the yard at Santa Ana College on Tuesday. But the difference in the Pirates' crucial 5-4 Orange Empire Conference baseball triumph came down to a distance barely beyond a bunt. The Pirates took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning when Tommy Bell scored from third on an overthrow back to the pitcher from Dons catcher Cory Bistline with the bases loaded and two outs. With OCC ahead, 5-4, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pirates catcher Daniel Delaney chased down a pitch that popped out of his glove and made a 25-foot flip to pitcher Dominic Purpura at the plate.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 22, 2014
Amid a four-team logjam within one game of the Orange Empire Conference lead, one would think Orange Coast College was dealing with enough competition. But the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Southern California found a way to add yet another opponent on Saturday: Itself. The Pirates committed four errors that led to three unearned runs, made other poor decisions not reflected in the scorebook, and virtually wasted a chance to join a tie atop the OEC standings in an 8-6 loss to visiting Santa Ana. The setback drops OCC (18-6, 6-4 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | March 20, 2014
It was arm discomfort that prompted Cypress College baseball coach Scott Pickler to shuffle his pitching ace from a scheduled start Thursday against Orange Coast to Saturday. For Orange Coast ace David Hill, who awoke Thursday with a slight illness, it was a sore spot of a different variety that helped him talk Pirates Coach John Altobelli into giving him the ball against the visiting Chargers. "[Altobelli] mentioned maybe having me go Saturday instead, but I said 'No way!'" said Hill, who allowed one run and six hits in 10 innings but took a no-decision in Cypress' 2-1 win in 13 innings on Feb. 27 at OCC. "I said 'Give me the ball and let me throw against these guys and we'll get two out of three.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 19, 2014
When is too much of a good thing just that? Orange Coast College men's volleyball coach Travis Turner was not afraid to admit that after losing just four sets during a 10-0 start, it was time for a little adversity. So, when sophomore starting outside hitter Ty Hutchins forgot his jersey on a Pacific Coast Conference road trip to Grossmont last week, Turner elected to let one of his top offensive weapons sit out, rather than hand over the extra jersey he always brings along for just such instances.
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March 14, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast College 3, Irvine Valley College 0 Orange Coast College improved to 11-1 on the season and 4-1 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play following Friday's road victory. Brendan Dau had 29 assists for the Pirates and AJ Hammer had 11 kills for Irvine Valley, which dropped to 7-5, 3-2. * MEN'S TENNIS Orange Coast College 6, Mount San Antonio College 3 The Pirates improved to 8-5 on the season and 3-3 in the Orange Empire Conference with Friday's road victory.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 12, 2014
Apparently, one way to slow down the state's most productive hitting team is to, well, throw slower pitches. Fullerton College sophomore left-hander Nick Morton used that approach to help the visiting Hornets edge Orange Coast, 3-1, in an Orange Empire Conference baseball battle on Tuesday. OCC, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, entered the game leading the state in hits (219), doubles (40) home runs (nine), batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.443). But Morton, with his repertoire of slow, slower and slowest, kept the Pirates off balance to earn his fourth win in five decisions and his third complete game.
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March 5, 2014
Orange Coast College sophomores Chanelle DiCroce, Raechelle Davis and Dayanara Armenta have been named first-team All-Orange Empire Conference in women's basketball. Sophomore Jasmine Matar represents OCC on the second team. Davis, a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward, is averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 9.9 rebounds to help the Pirates finish second in conference. She has played in 29 games, starting 28, to help Coach Mike Thornton's team advance to the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs that continue Wednesday at top-seeded Ventura.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 27, 2014
The Orange Coast College baseball team had already amassed a 12-2 record and earned the No. 1 ranking in Southern California. But Pirates Coach John Altobelli said his players may have struggled with the diminished margin for effort that accompanies Orange Empire Conference competition. Host OCC, which came in batting .336 as a team, managed just five hits in 13 innings to come out on the short end of a 2-1 decision against No. 7-ranked Cypress, the defending state champion, in the conference opener for both teams Thursday.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 19, 2014
The objective for most baseball offenses is to knock out the starting pitcher and eventually feast on relievers. But if the first 10 games are any indication, Orange Coast College opponents this season should be careful what they wish for. The Pirates used five combined innings of hitless, scoreless relief from winner Brian Bass and Parker Manahan to secure a 9-2 nonconference triumph over visiting Long Beach City College on Tuesday, continuing a...
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