Pirates clobber Rustlers, 21-1

Pirates clobber Rustlers, 21-1

COSTA MESA -- After being held to one run on three hits over nine innings on Thursday against Fullerton, the Orange Coast College baseball team took its offensive frustrations on Golden West, defeating the Rustlers, 21-1, on Saturday at OCC's Wendell Pickens Field.

The Pirates (27-3-1, 14-2 in Orange Empire Conference) -- ranked No. 1 in the country by www.perfectgame.org, grouped their hits together and scored three runs in the first, five more in the fourth and an incredible 13 runs in the fifth inning, taking the Rustlers (18-12-1, 9-7) out of the game from the get-go.

It took just three batters for Coast to find the scoreboard as Chris Carlson (3-for-3, four runs, two RBI, reached base six times) clubbed his seventh home run of the season -- a two-run shot to right -- in the bottom of the first, putting OCC up 2-0. Three batters later, Trent Woodward ripped an RBI-infield single to make it 3-0.

Bijan Rademacher (4-for-4, four runs, six RBI) highlighted Coast's fifth-run frame with a two-run home run -- his sixth of the season, while Stefan Sabol (1-for-2, three runs, three RBI) added to the fun with a two-run double to right-center.

Things got out of hand in the bottom of the fifth as OCC sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 13 times -- the most runs scored by the Pirates in one inning since they put up a 14-spot in the fifth inning on Feb. 12, 2009 against San Diego City College.

Rademacher had a double, single, two runs scored and RBI in the fifth inning alone, while Woodward (4-for-5, one run, four RBI) added two hits and three RBI in the frame.

Other offensive stars for the Pirates include Joel Licon (2-for-3, three runs, two RBI), Bryan Garza (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI), Justin Broussard (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) and Austin Wobrock (2-for-5, one run).

Lost in the onslaught was a strong pitching performance by righty Dallas Draviczki, who improved to 2-0 after throwing six solid innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

The win keeps the Pirates three games ahead of second-place Santa Ana in the OEC Standings with five games left to play.

The Pirates and Rustlers will wrap up their three-game season series on Tuesday at GWC, beginning at 2 p.m. OCC's next home game will be on Thursday against Riverside City College, also at 2 p.m.
 
GAME NOTES -- Before the game, the Pirates honored Jessica Rees -- granddaughter of longtime OCC physical education and athletics professor Leon Skeie. Rees, who passed away after a 10-month battle with brain cancer -- earned worldwide acclaim with her blog, telling people about her struggles and showing the world her positive spirit and determination. Over 147,000 "likes" are on Jessica's Facebook page as a result of her message she had for the world. Proceeds from today's game were given to Jessica's NEGU Foundation and before the game, Jessica's dad, Eric Rees threw out the first pitch. For more information on Jessica's foundation, click HERE.

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