After giving up the lead early in the first inning, the Pierce College baseball team managed to shake off a rocky pitching start and beat the Allan Hancock Bulldogs 5-2 on the road on Friday, April 11.
Pierce’s starting pitcher, Matt McKeever, faced 11 batters and only completed one inning and began the second inning before being replaced. During that time he gave up three hits, two runs, walked five and only struck out one batter. McKeever was replaced by the eventual game winner, Dan Gowanlock, who pitched three and half innings and faced 13 batters, only giving up one hit.
Pierce’s relief pitcher Daniel Barazza picked up the save after replacing Gowanlock. Barazza faced 15 batters, and struck out seven of them. Barazza also gave up one hit and walked two batters.
With only five games remaining in the season, the Brahmas sit in third place in its conference with a season record of 16-14-1 and a conference record of 9-9.
Since losing its last three games in March, the Brahmas have managed to go 3-3 in the month of April. If the team wishes to get into the playoff it will need to win its last five games.