Friday, February 17, 2012

Chargers Fall in Extra Innings

Cypress fights hard until the end in close loss on the road.
Chula Vista, Calif. - Cypress College (6-2) lost a tight 2-1 battle at Southwestern College (5-1-1) in 10 innings on Friday.

Chargers starting pitcher Carl Robinson had a good day on the mound, only allowing one run while striking out four in 6.2 innings of work. Southwestern starter James Billburg would end up going the distance to earn a rare 10 inning win. Billburg only allowed one run and four hits to the Chargers all afternoon.

Cypress shortstop Parker Starr collected half of the Chargers' hits with a 2 for 4 day at the plate, and the Chargers' lone run. Trent Zaks and Robert Chavarria had the other two hits against Billburg.

The Chargers got to Billburg first when they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Starr hit a lead off double, then moved over to third on a sac bunt back to the pitcher. Pierce Bily's groundout to short brought Starr in from third.

Southwestern College tied the game at 1-1 after Cody Sos doubled in Andy Enriquez from second base in the bottom half of the seventh.

Stephen Derr came in to close out the seventh, then Darren Gidley came on in the eighth to keep the score tied at 1-1 until Southwestern's Justin DiStefano reached on a hit by pitch to leadoff the bottom of the tenth, then scored on an RBI walk-off single by Kiki Medina to give Southwestern a 2-1 non-conference win.

The Chargers play at noon on Saturday against Grossmont College.

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