February 27, 2008 > Ohlone Renegades baseball games update
Ohlone Renegades baseball games update
Submitted By Head Assistant Coach Jordan Twohig
After a big win on Tuesday, Feb. 12, over San Mateo College 2-1, Ohlone's baseball team lost to Hancock College in Santa Maria, 7-3, in the first game of the Cuesta-Hancock Invitational Tournament. Ohlone had many opportunities to score but did not get the timely hitting they needed to secure a win. Matt Langseth went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Catcher David Luna had two doubles and an RBI in four at-bats. Third baseman Nick Caravelli went 2-4 in the game with an RBI. Ohlone received a spark from the bench as freshman Kevin Sherer came into the game in right field and had a single and a walk in his only plate appearances.
Ohlone starter Nick Colvin struggled to find his rhythm early in the game, but was relieved by freshman Ian Hoff, who gave a strong performance out of the bullpen. Hoff pitched four innings, and he went right after the Hancock hitters. He allowed no earned runs in the outing which gave the Renegades a chance to win the game. Ohlone hoped to erase the loss as they continued in the Hancock-Cuesta Tournament with a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 16, against Oxnard College and Cuesta College.
Game one of the Saturday's double-header was against Oxnard College and was played at Elks Field in Santa Maria, home to the Santa Maria Indians of the California Collegiate Summer League. Ohlone received another quality start from sophomore Shane Murchison (3-0) who struck out four batters while only walking one in seven innings of work. "Shane pitched well today, he kept the ball down, and really competed," said Head Coach Tom Kunis.
The Renegades offense was lead by Luna who was 2-4 with a triple, a single and two RBI's. Freshman Aaron Plimmer added a two RBI single in the third inning that put the Renegades on the scoreboard. Shortstop Rich McDowell went 2-4 with a single and a double. Second baseman Langseth added a double, a walk and a stolen base to the Ohlone win. "I liked the way we are swinging the bat right now," explained Kunis. "Our guys are taking a great approach and finding a way to score runs." Freshman Cory Krisman came on in relief for Murchison and gave a quality performance striking out one batter while walking none in one and a third innings of work.
The baseball team had a busy Saturday. After winning the game 8-2, Ohlone packed up the bus and drove 45 minutes north to San Luis Obispo to take on Cuesta College in game two of the Saturday double-header. Ohlone started sophomore pitcher Joe Gardner, and he did not disappoint. Gardner held Cuesta's tough hitting offense to seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven Cuesta batters while only walking one. Gardner left the game in the sixth with a 6-2 lead. "I really felt like Joe pitched well, and has really turned a corner for us," commented Kunis. "He threw sixty-six strikes in the outing and really challenged hitters with all of his pitches."
Ohlone's offense was ready to play in game two. The game was 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning when Michael Vandenbusch hit a single to right field scoring Justin Lunday. Langseth followed that up with a single of his own scoring Zack Townsend. Then, with two outs and the count 3-2 on the Ohlone hitter, Luna hit an opposite field, two-run home run to put Ohlone up 5-1. Ohlone would tack on another run in their half of the fifth inning as McDowell led off the inning with a triple off the right center field fence and was driven in on a sacrifice-fly by Lunday. Lunday was 2-3 on the afternoon with an RBI.
Cuesta battled back and cut the lead to 6-2 in their half of the sixth. After Ohlone was unable to score in the seventh, Cuesta put up four runs on three Ohlone errors that tied the game 6-6. Ohlone answered back in the eighth scoring two runs off a Luna double to re-take the lead 8-6. Luna was 2-4 on the day with a home run, a double and two RBI's. That was all the runs Ohlone would score. Cuesta then got to the Ohlone bullpen, and combined with two more Ohlone defensive errors, Cuesta took the lead for good. "It is never easy losing a game like that," said Kunis. "We received a quality start, but made too many mistakes in the field, and in relief to overcome."
Next home games for the baseball Renegades are Coast Conference South Division rivals Hartnell of Salinas on Saturday, March 1, at Noon, South Division and backyard rival Chabot of Hayward on Tuesday, March 4, at 2 p.m., and Coast Conference North Division foe, Mission of Santa Clara on Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. All three games will be played on the Ohlone Campus.
Upcoming Renegades Baseball Games:
Vs. Hartnell at Ohlone
Saturday, March 1
Vs. Chabot at Ohlone
Tuesday, March 4
Vs. Mission of Santa Clara at Ohlone
Thursday, March 6
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont