The Catch's Losing Streak Up to Three Games

Game Recap 6/18/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore – Sports Information

Thousand Oaks, CA-The Southern California Catch dropped their third straight interleague game with their 8-10 loss to the Conejo Oaks. Despite their seventh inning comeback attempt, the early runs scored off the Catch’s pitching staff in the early innings was too great as Southern California fell to a 5-5 conference record and second in the California Collegiate League South Division.

Coming off his strong start against the Orange County Riptide, Daniel Alvarez (University of California-Irvine) struggled against the Oaks, giving up nine runs and 10 hits through five innings. Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa) was responsible for the Catch’s first two hits of the game, leading off the first with a single and driving in a run with a double in the third. Lopez finished his night 3-5 with one RBI. However, a three-run homer, which put the Oaks up 5-1 in the bottom of the third, was the start of Conejo’s four run rally through the next two innings.

The Catch began to slowly creep back up to the Oaks with a pair of bases loaded walks in the top of the seventh, one which scored Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist University), who is currently batting .462 and finished his night 3-4 with two runs. The following inning, a massive offensive eighth inning, fueled by RBI hits from Jeff Murray (Santa Ana) and Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii), brought the Catch within two runs going into the ninth. Regardless of their five run inning, the Catch’s rally fell short as they lost to the Oaks 8-10.

The Catch have another opportunity to halt their losing streak and advance in the conference standings with their second game against the Oaks at Biola University on Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m.