RIVERSIDE -- With offense coming up and down the entire batting order, the Orange Coast College baseball team took care of business on Tuesday with a 10-4 Orange Empire Conference road win over Riverside City College.
Despite an impressive 18-2-1 overall record and a 5-1 start to the conference schedule, it's been a struggle offensively for some OCC players and on Tuesday, a pair of sophomores -- Trent Woodward and Bryan Garza -- helped provide some much-needed punch to the bottom of the Coast lineup.
Woodward went 2-for-2 with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI for OCC, while Garza added a pair of hits and scored a run. Both had high expectations heading into this year, but both entered the game hitting under .200. "I'm very happy to see Trent and Bryan come through for us," OCC head coach John Altobelli said. "To start the way they did this year, the easy thing to do is hang your head, but these guys have continued to work hard and there is still plenty of season left for them to be a huge part of our team's success."
Garza and Woodward were just two of seven players who produced multi-hit games for the Pirates. The other big days were provided by Eilert Meyers (3-for-5, one run, one RBI), Justin Broussard (two doubles, two runs), Chris Carlson (2-for-5, two RBI), Joel Licon (2-for-5, one run, one RBI) and Boog Powell (2-for-6, one run, one RBI).
That support was more than enough for starter Ryan Evans, who improved to 2-0 after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Reliever Jed Vandernaald picked up his first save of the year by allowing no earned runs with three strikeouts over the final 3 2/3 innings.
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