The COS baseball team has struggled with consistency for most of the 2012 season. Those struggles continued on Tuesday, March 6 in a 10-6 loss to Porterville College on their home field.
The Giants’ defense made four errors in the game and gave up 16 hits, including a three-run sixth inning for Porterville.
COS starting pitcher Erick McRae tossed five strong innings and was even in position to to get the win after the Giants scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead. Dax Turner and Kevin Seeger had key hits in the inning, while Josh Laird drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Scott Loper picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk.
Porterville responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, then added two more in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
The Giants used four pitchers throughout the afternoon only walking two batters, but didn’t record a single strike out.
Loper and Brent Hall led the team with two runs batted in each, while Dax Turner was the only Giant with two hits in the afternoon.
The Giants record falls to 8-7 overall and 2-5 overall as they travel to Porterville on Thursday, March 8, for the second game of their three-game set with the Pirates.