COSTA MESA — A lack of clutch hitting was nothing the Glendale Community College baseball team couldn't overcome a week ago in its postseason-opening series.
It was a feat the Vaqueros couldn't replicate Friday in a 7-2 loss to Mt. San Antonio College after they batted one for 13 with runners in scoring position in the opening game of the California Community College Athletic Assn's Super Regional tournament at Orange Coast College.
Glendale Coach Chris Cicuto credited the offensive struggles to Mounties (31-8) starting pitcher Taylor Jimenez, who gave up seven of GCC's 10 hits, but only allowed one earned run with three walks, a hit batter and eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
"[Jimenez] made some pitches and obviously we need to at least have contact [with runners in scoring position] — we can't punch out," Cicuto said. "Like I told the guys today, I would be concerned if we didn't have any shot. We had the bases loaded twice and [Jimenez] made some good pitches and that's the way it goes sometimes."