A three-run first and five-run seventh inning by Cosumnes River College led to a big win over American River College Thursday, as ARC lost its second straight home game after cutting CRC’s three-run lead to one on an Alex Gaskin fielder’s choice and Dalton Devries single in the sixth.
CRC (10-4) hit the double digit win mark, while ARC (7-7) slipped back to .500.
ARC starter Kirby Broadbent (0-4) struggled on the mound again as he allowed the first five CRC batter’s to reach base before recording an out, and allowed eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 6 ⅔ innings pitched.
CRC hammered Broadbent from the start as first baseman Tyler Blake shot the ball off of Broadbent’s leg after center fielder Devin Pettengill and shortstop Andre Gregory had already reached, scoring Pettengill after the ball had deflected into shallow right field.
Broadbent was checked on by the coaching staff and stayed in the game, and CRC would score two more times in the opening inning on a single by right fielder Alex Fitchett and sacrifice fly by catcher Nico Toni.
Gaskin finished the day 1-4 from the plate, while Devries went 1-3. No ARC player managed more than one hit in the loss.
After ARC scored its two runs in the sixth inning, Broadbent took the mound in the seventh before CRC barraged him with hits.
CRC’s fourth run came in on an RBI single by Gregory, and though the team made its second out with the next batter, CRC ripped off four more runs before the inning concluded.
Broadbent was replaced after the seventh run crossed the plate, and was charged with an eighth after relief pitcher Kyle Beardsley took over and allowed an RBI single to Matt Stafford.
In the ninth inning, ARC sent three pinch-hitters to the plate.
Justin Jordan, Mikey Ramirez and Zach Padilla all batted with only Jordan reaching on an error by CRC second baseman Gabriel Abelia.
Jordan was thrown out attempting to steal second base, and Padilla struck out to end the game.
ARC head coach Doug Jumelet declined to comment on the game and did not make players available for interviews.