Cougars lose by eight to Rams
Fresno City College did it again.
For the second time in three days, the Rams scored early to take the lead and then added five runs in the ninth to pull away.
This time – on Thursday afternoon – Fresno jumped out to a 6-0 lead, then saw the Cougars score three in the fifth to get close.
The Rams erupted for five in the top of the ninth to win going away, 11-3.
That gave Fresno a 2-0 start in the Central Valley Conference. Fresno is 6-3 overall while the Cougars are 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the CVC.
The third game of the series scheduled for Saturday in Fresno was rained out and will be made up this week. The Cougars also have a three-game series with Reedley beginning today in Reedley.
The Tigers come to town Thursday at 2 p.m. and the finale will be in Reedley on Saturday.
TC managed to bang out 12 hits against Fresno.
Leadoff batter Anthony Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with two doubles while Darby Ventura, Austin Christiansen, Perry Rogan and Travis Derby all had a pair of singles. Stefan Norman had the other hit.
Garret Jensen pitched the first three innings for the Cougars and took the loss – his first of the year after winning his first three. He gave up three runs on five hits.
Jesus Del Rosario worked five innings, giving up six runs on five hits, striking out two and walking four.
Jordan Howard and Shawn Davisson finished up.
TC got all its runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Derby and Rodriguez led off with back-to-back singles and after two fly-ball outs, Ventura walked to load the bases.
Christensen punched a single to drive in a run and Norman cracked a two-run single.
The third game of the series was re-scheduled for Monday. See Friday’s Midway Driller for details.