Article, 2009 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball

Ohlone loses opener 6-2 in Sacto

By Milpitas Post Staff.

Friday, February 6, 2009—Reprinted from Fremont Bulletin.

Renegades pitcher winding up.Freshman pitcher Roberto Padilla struck out four batters in 5.2 innings, but it was not enough as the Ohlone College baseball team fell 6-2 to Sacramento City College on Jan. 27, the first day of the 2009 season at Sacramento's Union Stadium.

"This was a really well-played ballgame," Ohlone Head Coach Jordon Twohig said. "It was just a case where (Sacramento City) did a good job in the bottom of the fifth inning. I thought we swung the bat well, too, against some very good pitching. We had three or four balls that were really hit well, but just to the wrong part of the ballpark. I thought Padilla pitched well. They did a good job of being patient and running up his pitch count. For his first college start I felt he gave our offense a chance to win."

Sacramento drew first blood in the ballgame as third baseman Mike Marjama singled to right field to score their first run. Ohlone answered right back in the top of the top of the third. Sophomore Aaron Chavez led things off the inning with a hard single to right field.

Freshman Steven Ramos followed with one of his three hits of the day, with a single to left field and advancing Chavez to third base. Freshman Cody Foster drove in Chavez to collect the RBI on a high chopper to the shortstop.

Sacramento reclaimed the lead in the third, scoring two runs on two hits and taking a 3-1 lead. Ohlone again would come back in the fifth inning when Ramos doubled off the centerfield wall to get things started.

He was driven in on an RBI single from Foster for a 3-2 deficit. It was in the bottom of the fifth when Sacramento scored three more runs to secure the victory.

"We probably hit a few too many balls in the air, but you have to tip your hat," Twohig said. "They had 10 hits, three of which were in the fifth, and this was just a great matchup between two quality teams. I think we've got something that we can really build on."

In the sixth inning Ohlone went to sophomore Ian Hoff to hold the Sacramento offense, and he did just that. Hoff pitched 3.3 innings, striking out three and allowing just four hits for no runs.

"Hoff did an outstanding job of throwing strikes and giving us a chance to battle back in this game," Twohig said.

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