Led by third baseman Colton Freeman’s 5-5 day at the plate and four runs scored, American River College’s baseball team accumulated 19 hits in its 12-1 victory over Sacramento City College Thursday.
Six of ARC’s players, including Freeman, had multi-hit games and the team scored at least one run in every inning except the fourth and sixth.
The team put five runs on the board in the second inning, its largest scoring output throughout the game.
ARC head coach Doug Jumelet said it was “nice to win,” though the team scored more than four runs in a game for the first time since a Feb. 26 win at Solano Community College.
Sac City starting pitcher Zach Smart (0-2) lasted only 1 ⅓ innings before being removed, allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits before being removed.
Kirby Broadbent (2-4) scattered four hits over seven shutout innings for ARC and walked three, but never faced serious trouble during the outing.
Sac City had four relievers take the mound throughout the game, and sent 10 pinch-hitters in the latter innings as ARC continually built its lead.
Every member of ARC’s starting lineup managed at least one hit except for first baseman Dalton Devries, and pinch-hitter and replacement catcher Mikey Ramirez did not reach base in his one plate appearance.
Relief pitcher Kyle Beardsley rolled through the eighth inning after taking over for Broadbent, but Andrew Fuentes struggled to finish the game in the ninth, being removed after a bases loaded walk to replacement third baseman Malcolm Boehm for Sac City’s lone run in the contest.
Kyle Grant took over for Fuentes after the run scored, and retired the next three batters to end the game.
After a 2-1 win Tuesday, ARC will look to sweep the series with tomorrow’s finale at Sac City at 1 p.m.
Next week, ARC plays a three game series against undefeated San Joaquin Delta College (16-0 overall, 2-0 conference), the top team in the Big 8 Conference.
Jumelet declined to make players available for interviews, but said that “they liked it” in regards to the game’s result.
ARC players high-five each other after an RBI during ARC’s 12-1 win over Sac City. ARC will play at Sac City again tomorrow at 1 p.m.