The Cougars came out hard trying to get the lead back in the top of the fifth, opening with a single by David Piedra and a bunt back to the mound by Gavin Burciaga on which the pitcher couldn't make a play. But Piedra was out trying to take third on the play for the first out.
After a strikeout by Tommy's pitcher Austin Lee against the first batter he faced in relief of David Bernal, Tommy's looked to be out of the inning on a soft ground ball, but a dropped ball at first base prolonged the inning and allowed Burciaga to score the go-ahead run from second base.
Cougars' pitcher Orlando Diaz struck out the side in the fifth and retired Tommy's in order in the sixth to earn the save.
Facing a 5-0 deficit, Tommy's got something going in the bottom of the fourth when Cameron Penza led off with a double over third base, Bernal walked and Lee was hit by a pitch.
That was the end of Cougars starter Nick Morgan's night, as he yielded to lefty reliever Arturo Gonzalez after allowing one earned run on two hits in three-plus innings, Gonzalez induced a fly-ball first out, but then allowed a single to center field by Jalani Ligons that got Tommy's on the board, 5-1.
Then, the wheels fell off for the Cougars, as a throwing error on a fielder's choice groundout by Davis Mieliwocki cleared the bases and put the tying run 90 feet from the plate. Mieliwocki scored on the very next pitch, a wild offering.
"We've been battling back all year long," Tommy's Coach David Bernal said. "Evey game we've won all year, we've come back and I expect to battle from behind and win."
Bernal worked out of a jam in the top of the first inning after putting runners at first and third with one out on a bunt single followed by an eight-pitch walk, getting out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout to short.