Article, 2010 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Baseball

Renegades split series against Solano

By Jeff Weisinger.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Baseball player throwing ball.Ohlone star southpaw Roberto Padilla lost his first game of the season to Solano on Saturday, Feb. 27. —Photo by Donald Jedlovec.

Coming off a stunning, come-from-behind win against the College of San Mateo on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Ohlone College baseball team found itself in another ninth-inning rally on Thursday, Feb. 25, against Solano College.

The only difference in this game was that the Renegades would not win the game until 48 hours later. Although Ohlone would win the game, 8-7, in 14 innings, both Solano and Ohlone would not finish the game until Saturday, Feb. 27, at Solano due to the game being called to darkness on Thursday after 13 innings.

Ohlone freshman right-hander Mark Mercer picked up the no decision in his third start of the season, pitching four and a third innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

His counterpart, Joe Lewis, pitched strong for Solano, holding the Renegade lineup to just four hits in seven and two-thirds innings. Lewis also allowed two runs, along with five strikeouts and five walks.

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, catcher Michael Di Rocco reached first base off a throwing error by Solano third baseman Trevor Matern. Kyle Holmstrom came up and sent a Ben Consuelo pitch over the fence for a two-run homerun, tying the game at 4-4.

In extra innings, Christian Torres' RBI-single down the left field line gave Solano the go-ahead, 5-4 lead off Ohlone freshman right-hander Alika Pruitt in the top of the 11th inning. But Ohlone would strike back once again, tying the game in the bottom of the inning as Steven Zanders crossed home on Steven Ramo's RBI off a throwing error by Victor Romero.

Ohlone nearly won the game twice in extra innings on Thursday as Cody Foster's shot to centerfield in the bottom of the 11th fell short and Ryan Walterhouse's drive to left field fell short of the wall in the bottom of the 13th.

The game was resumed on Saturday at Solano with Solano striking first in the top of the 14th inning off an RBI single by Derek Krenshaw and an RBI off an error by Holmstrom, bringing in Patrick Johnson.

Ohlone would respond again, this time ending the game in the bottom of the 14th, scoring three runs in the inning. Zach Johnson tied the game with his two-RBI single with one out; then Josh Vidal ended the game with a sacrifice fly, giving the Renegades the 8-7 win.

In Saturday's full game, the Renegade offense ran out of firepower as Solano took down Ohlone, 7-2.

Sophmore ace Roberto Padilla suffered his first loss of the season, struggling through four and a third innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

On the other hand, Solano starter Kenton Bevacqua looked sharp through six and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Although Ohlone took an early 2-0 lead after the top of the second inning off an RBI single by Michael Ussery and a run scored by Ussery later on, Solano went on to score six runs betweens innings two through six, including a three-run, sixth-inning which sealed the win for Solano.

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