COSTA MESA -- The Orange Coast College baseball team kicked off the new-and-improved Wendell Pickens Field era in grand style with an 8-0 win over visiting College of the Desert in the Pirates' season opener on Saturday.
It was a pitcher-by-committee day for the Pirates as head coach John Altobelli used opening day to display seven different pitchers, who combined to hold the Roadrunners (0-2) to one harmless single while walking three and striking out eight.
The Pirates broke the game open with a five-run second inning and cruised from there.
Back-to-back singles by Domenic Donato and Javier Rosales kicked off OCC's five-run second and that duo scored on a two-run double off the bat of Josh Berman, putting the Pirates up, 2-0. After a hit-by-pitch by Chris Ceballos, Joey Fregosi ripped a two-run triple into the right-center field gap, putting Coast ahead, 4-0. Fregosi capped off the frame by scoring on a fielder's choice to make it 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ceballos walked and three batters later, scored on an RBI-single by Fregosi to put OCC up, 6-0.
Coast loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with a double and two walks before a wild pitch plated the Pirates' seventh run of the game.
Coast will take to the road for the next few days before returning to Wendell Pickens Field on Tuesday, Feb. 6 against Long Beach City College, beginning at 2 p.m.