Gauchos are left stranded

Photo by: Matt Corkill Brandon Cody, sophomore, hits a solo HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Brandon Cody, sophomore, hits a solo HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Despite some last inning fireworks, the Gauchos were unable to overcome a lack of timely hits in their loss to the Fullerton Hornets, 2-3, at Doug Fritz field on Monday.

Sophomore pitcher Trey Ferketic (1-2) had a solid outing with eight strikeouts, but was forced to pitch uphill the entire game after the Hornets took an early 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Gaucho bats were active today with eight hits. Unfortunately for Saddleback, a majority of those hits were without runners on. Sophomore Slate Miller went 3-4 with a double with a RBI and sophomore Brandon Cody went 2-4 with a double off of the center field wall and a solo home run to left in the bottom of the ninth to bring the Gauchos within a run.

“We were 0-11 with runners in scoring position,” head coach Sommer McCartney said after the loss. “I thought Trey started well and competed to keep it close, but we just need to do a better job with runners in scoring position.

Saddleback is now 8-6 on the season and 0-2 so far in conference play after their losses to IVC and Fullerton. The Gauchos play next against Golden West (10-7) at Doug Fritz field at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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