Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chargers Stung by Hornets

Torres drives in a pair of runs and tosses a scoreless eighth inning for the Chargers.

Jonathan Torres

Fullerton, Calif. - Cypress College never really got anything going against Fullerton College on Thursday, in a 13-3 Orange Empire Conference loss on the road.

Jonathan Torres finished the day with two of the Chargers (14-5, 4-3) five hits against the Hornets (5-9-1, 2-5). Torres also drove in a pair of runs, while Jake MacWilliam had the only other RBI for Cypress. Anthony Razo, Robert Chavarria and Jake Clark accounted for the Chargers three runs scored.

Cypress' Stephen Derr came into the game in the bottom of the first to relieve starting pitcher Kyle Ferramola who finished the day with one run allowed in two thirds of an inning pitched. In all, nine Cypress pitchers got work out of the pen, including Torres, who saw his first action on the bump this season. In his only inning on the mound, Torres tossed a scoreless eighth inning for the Chargers.

Fullerton went ahead very early on, with a run in the first inning, then two more in the second to go up on the Chargers 3-0. After a scoreless third inning by both parties,  the Hornets put the game away in the fourth inning with a six-run outburst that opened up a nine-run lead over Cypress. Fullerton added three more runs to its total in the fifth inning to stretch the lead 12-0.

In the top of the sixth inning, Cypress cut into the Hornet's lead with three runs to make it a 12-3 ballgame when Anthony Razo singled to lead the inning off, then moved up to third when the next two batters, Chavarria  and Clark reached on errors to load the bases for Torres. Torres got the Chargers on the board with a two RBI single through the right side that brought in Chavarria and Razo. Chavarria would come around to cross the plate for Cypress' final run of the game.

Fullerton tacked on one final run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a ten-run final, 3-3.. That would be all the scoring either side would get the rest of the way as Fullerton College picked up its second Orange Empire Conference game of the year.

Cypress returns home next week to host the league leading Orange Coast College Pirates at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, before going back to Coast on Thursday for the final regular season meeting of the year between those two squads. On Saturday, Cypress will take on Riverside for the second time this season.

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