Gauchos battle for win against the flu and Riverside

Photo by: Matt Corkill Sophomore Mitchell Holland went 3-4 in Saddleback's victory over Riverside, 7-2, Thursday.

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Sophomore Mitchell Holland went 3-4 in Saddleback’s victory over Riverside, 7-2, Thursday.

The Saddleback College Gauchos rolled over the Riverside Tigers, 7-2, at Doug Fritz field on Thursday.

Not even the flu could stop the Gaucho bats from jumping all over Tiger’s pitching putting up seven runs on 12 hits in the win. Freshman Dylan Diaz had two singles with a RBI and stolen base and sophomore Mitchell Holland led the way going 3-4 with a double and two RBIs.

“Today we battled because we knew Riverside had some really good arms and I thought our approach was really good going after the fastball early to get some clutch hits,” sophomore first baseman Mitchell Holland said. “Our pitchers battled and we made some good plays, it was a good overall team win where we were able to put it all together.”

The offensive surge helped sophomore starting pitcher Anthony Shew (4-0) remain unbeaten on the season, allowing two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts through five innings even though he was suffering from the flu. The Gaucho bullpen also came out strong in relief throwing four shutout innings with freshman Eric Pierce and sophomores Chase Jones and Coleman Huntley for the close.

“We’ve been crushed by the flu bug especially Shew who battled and gave us everything he had today,” pitching coach Jorge Araiza said after the win. “It was nice to see our guys back our pitching up by driving the ball against all these strong arms that RCC has the scouts coming out to watch.”

Saddleback (12-7, 4-3) in now in a tie for second place in OEC standing and will host Irvine Valley College (6-13, 2-5) at Doug Fritz field for their next OEC game at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.