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Cougars Pounce on Rio Hondo for 10-5 Victory

Cougars Pounce on Rio Hondo for 10-5 Victory

By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director

College of the Canyons defeated visiting Rio Hondo College 10-5 on Tuesday, pounding out 13 hits and scoring a season-high 10 runs to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The Cougars (3-2) plated runs in each of the first five innings and had four players record multi-hit games, including right-fielder Eddie Rodriguez who finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Blake Doremus put Canyons on the board in the first inning with an RBI-double to left field that scored Rodriguez. He later came around to score on an RBI single by Josh Arkin that put COC ahead 2-0.

In the second it was Rodriguez driving home two more with an RBI-single to make it 4-1. An unearned run by the Cougars in the third put the game at 5-1 before Rodriguez singled in Trace Eldridge for a comfortable 6-1 advantage.

Elridge ended the day 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.

COC starter Eric Little (1-0) pitched well with the lead, scattering nine hits over fine innings of work to get the win. He was charged with two earned runs and struck out three batters.

Ivan Lomeli and Senituli Taufahema added to the assault with RBI base knocks in the fifth that kept the Cougars in front 8-2. Lomeli and Taufahema were both 2-for-3 in the game, with Lomeli also adding three runs.

Rio Hondo (2-3) was able to get to the COC bullpen, scratching a run across on reliever Anthony Gomez, then getting two more off Matt Boyce who started the eighth inning.

COC closer Connor Dreyer was eventually called in to pitch the final six outs, allowing one hit and striking out two batters along the way.

Rio Hondo starter Jake Gaudet (0-1) lasted just five outs and allowed four earned runs on six hits and a walk. The Roadrunners used six relievers to get through the game.

The Cougars will return to action at 2 p.m. on Thursday vs. Allan Hancock College.

Stay up to date on all this season's action by following the College of the Canyons Athletic department on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. 


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