Pirates defuse Chargers, 3-0 in Super Regional opener

Pirates defuse Chargers, 3-0 in Super Regional opener

COSTA MESA -- The Orange Coast College baseball team took care of business in the opening round of the 2012 Southern California Super Regionals, defeating Cypress College, 3-0, on Friday at Wendell Pickens Field.
 
With the win, the top-seeded Pirates (34-4-1) will advance to the championship semifinals and will play No.4 seed Mt. San Antonio College (31-8) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Mounties defeated Glendale College, 7-2, in the second game of the opening round.
 
With the loss, the 11th-seeded Chargers (24-15) will play against the fifth-seeded Vaqueros (27-11) on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Golden West College in an elimination game. The winner of that game will play the loser of the Pirates/Mounties game at 3 p.m. at OCC on Saturday.
 
Sophomore righty Keegan Yuhl (11-1) showed everyone why he was named the Orange Empire Conference Pitcher of the Year after throwing eight-plus shutout innings. He gave up just seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts to pick up the win. Bijan Rademacher tossed a scoreless ninth to record his fourth save in four opportunities.
 
Charger righty Daniel Poncedeleon (5-5) was nearly as effective, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over eight innings, walking three and striking out two.
 
The big blow of the day came in the bottom of the third. With a runner on first and two outs, Stefan Sabol got into a high fastball and ripped a two-run home run far over the left-field fence, putting OCC up 2-0.
 
It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh. With Joel Licon on first base, Chris Carlson ripped a single to right, but the ball was misplayed by Jonathan Torres, allowing Licon to score from first to make it 3-0.
 
The rest of the afternoon belonged to Yuhl, who used a pair of early double-play grounders to avoid damage and got better as the game rolled on.
 
After Yuhl allowed an infield single to lead off the top of the ninth, the Pirates brought in Rademacher. Two straight outs were followed by a walk and a single to load the bases, but Coast ended the game with a harmless grounder to second baseman Ben Agredano to advance to the championship semis.
 
Carlson and Austin Wobrock each had two hits for the Pirates, while Licon reached base three times and scored twice.

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