By Robert Nilsen
CYPRESS, CA – The Cypress College baseball team (10-2) beat San Diego Mesa College (3-8) by the score of 7-2 at home on Wednesday afternoon. The Chargers entered the game ranked No. 4 in Southern California.
Shaine McNeely (1-1) started the game for the Chargers. In his second start of the season McNeely turned in a quality start, as he worked 6 innings while allowing only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 4. Michael Lozano (1-0) finished the game off for the Chargers as he worked the last 3 innings and came away with his first win of the season. Matt Schmidt (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Logan Swofford (2-for-4, RBI) powered the Chargers offense.
Ryan Galuz (0-1) received the loss for the Olympians after relieving starter Anthony Sardo and allowing 3 runs in 1 inning of work.
The Chargers opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning after Schmidt crushed a two-run home run off of Sardo to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead. San Diego Mesa tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning after scoring 2 runs courtesy of wild pitches in back to back innings. After allowing the Olympians to tie the game, the Chargers offense jumped into action in the bottom of the seventh. Paul Gomez (1-for-2) walked to lead off the inning and then Swofford ripped a single to left field to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Willie Aguilar (1-for-4, RBI) followed by driving in the tiebreaking run on a sacrifice fly to give the Chargers a 3-2 lead. The Chargers would add two more runs in the inning as Swofford scored on an error and Pierson Loska (1-for-4, RBI) delivered a two out RBI single to give the Chargers a 5-2 lead. The Chargers offense continued to click in the bottom of the eighth as they scored two more runs on a bunt by Swofford and a two out base hit by Chase Sebby (1-for-2, RBI) as the Chargers came away with the 7-2 victory.
Cypress baseball will return to action at home on Thursday, February 23 as they take on Allan Hancock at 2:00 p.m.
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