Late error helps Pirates slip away with win over Vikings

COSTA MESA -- With a little help from a tough late-afternoon sky, the Orange Coast College baseball team notched its fourth win in a row to start the 2012 season -- a 6-3 nonconference win over visiting Long Beach City College on Wednesday at Wendell Pickens Field.
 
With the game tied at 2, OCC had the bases loaded and two outs when catcher Trent Woodward hit what appeared to be an inning-ending infield fly ball halfway down the first-base line. But Vikings' first baseman Manny De La Rosa struggled with a long run and bright sun and dropped the ball, enabling two Pirate runners to score, putting Coast up for good.
 
The Pirates (4-0) would add to their lead on an RBI-bunt single by Bijan Rademacher, making it 5-2.
 
LBCC (1-1) picked up an unearned run in the eighth to make it 5-3 but would not get any closer as relievers Jed Vandernaald (2-0) and Josh Evans (first save) wrapped things up.
 
Pirate starter Dallas Draviczki pitched five strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Vandernaald threw two innings and allowed one unearned run before Evans allowed no runs on one hit with a pair of strikeouts over the final two innings.
 
Offensively, Coast was led by Boog Powell, who had four hits and two runs scored. The freshman from Mission Viejo HS already has 10 hits and five runs scored in the first four games, good enough for a .588 batting average.
 
For the Vikings, reliever Jonathan Beltran (0-1) took the loss after giving up three unearned runs in the seventh inning. He came in for starter Edwin Santiago, who allowed just two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout over six innings. De La Rosa went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Vikings' offense.

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