Baseball team can't slow down Riverside    

Tags: Athletics, Baseball

For the second straight day, Irvine Valley's baseball team didn't have any answers for Riverside. After falling to the Tigers, 11-3, on Thursday on the road, Irvine Valley lost to Riverside, 15-5, on Friday in an Orange Empire Conference game at IVC. Riverside won all three games of the season series and out-scored the Lasers, 37-18. The Tigers improved their record to 16-10 overall and 9-4 in conference. Irvine Valley, which suffered its third straight loss, fell to 13-13 overall and 4-9 in conference. Riverside had 19 hits on Friday. Cade Gotta was 4 for 6, Billy Nottingham went 3 for 6 with four runs scored and two RBI and five other players had two hits each, including Chad Erikson and Aaron LaFountaine, who each drove in three runs. Erikson hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. It was a key inning for the Tigers. Irvine Valley held a 2-0 inning after three innings, scoring a run each in the first and third innings. Freshman center fielder Bryce Hara drove in both runs for the Lasers. Riverside answered with three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead and then had a four-run fifth inning to take control and go ahead, 7-2. Five of RCC's hits and three of the runs were scored with two outs. And then Riverside scored five runs, all with two outs, in the top of the seventh inning to take a 12-2 lead and put the game out of reach. Irvine Valley scored its final three runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman catcher Matt Hill had a sacrifice fly and freshman first baseman Buddy Johns hit a two-run single for IVC. Pedro Cota earned the win for Riverside, going 6 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts. IVC sophomore Ryan Goodbrand took the loss. He allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Goodbrand gave up 12 hits and one walk and had one strikeout. Freshman second baseman Scott Kaplan, who leads the conference in batting, went 2 for 3. He lifted his average to .444 on the season. Johns was 2 for 3 with two RBI, Hara went 2 for 4 with two RBI and sophomore right fielder Drew Williams was 2 for 4. Irvine Valley plays again on Tuesday, hosting Cypress at 2 p.m.          Box Score

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  4/1/2011
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