City College erupts for 19 runs against Moorpark College

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City College’s baseball team annihilated the Moorpark Raiders Saturday at Pershing Park, tying a season high 19 runs in their 19-4 route.

The third place Vaqueros snapped a three game loosing skid behind the bat of second baseman Abe Ruiz, improving their home record to 13-4. Ruiz went 5-for-6 with a homer, a triple, four RBIs and five runs scored – he finished a double shy of the cycle.

“I just tried to take it pitch by pitch, stay up the middle with my swing and make good contact,” said Ruiz, a sophomore transfer from Arizona State.

With a 1-0 lead through the second inning, City College put up a five in the third inning. They kept their foot on the gas scoring six in the fourth and then brought home another four runs in the fifth, compiling 15 runs through six frames.

The college improved to 16-2 when scoring seven or more.

The Vaqueros lost a 3-2 matchup to the same Raiders squad just 48 hours earlier in Moorpark, only managing four total hits, one less than Ruiz’s individual effort on Saturday. With only six games left until a possible playoff bid, Head Coach Teddy Warrecker was thankful for his team’s sudden success.

“It’s a head scratcher,” Warrecker said. “We’ll take it, it’s an important win for us, we have to keep winning to stay in this thing.”

Conner Rehage blasted a two-run homer during the six-run fourth inning and Steven Keller added a two-run shot in the fifth, giving the Vaqueros a commanding 16-2 lead. Rehage is second in the state with 11 home runs. With three homers Saturday, the Vaqueros raised their state-leading total to 48, one shy of the 2007 school record.

“We had some great two-strike RBIs and we hit for power today,” Warrecker said. “This win is a big confidence builder. Once this team gets rolling we are really good.”

Warrecker also alluded to how much his team showed up defensively, as they did not commit a single error in the matchup.

UCSB commit Joe McGrew (5-2) pitched solidly through seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk. His day came to a close an inning after Tyler Weed and Matt Montgomery hit back-to-back homers in the sixth for Moorpark.

In a superstitious effort to overcome the three straight losses, the college wore its all black uniform tops in a tradition deemed “blackout Saturdays” by coach Warrecker. For the second straight year the jersey swap resulted in a victory, and Warrecker says you can expect to see the same uniforms on Tuesday.

The Vaqueros improved to 8-6 in the Western State Conference North and 18-12 overall.

City College’s next contest is at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Ventura.