After winning three straight games, Irvine Valley's baseball team dropped its second in a row.
The Lasers ran into the top-ranked team in the state, falling to Orange Coast, 7-2, at home in an Orange Empire Conference game on Tuesday.
Orange Coast clinched the conference title outright with the victory. OCC was two games ahead of Santa Ana in the standings heading into the contest with two games left.
It is OCC's first outright conference title since 1987.
Irvine Valley's record slipped to 14-21 overall and 7-13 in conference.
Orange Coast improved to 30-4-1 overall and 17-3 in conference.
Irvine Valley was with the Pirates early on.
Orange Coast took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Pirates scored their first run on an RBI single by Eilert Meyers. Justin Broussard followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. Then with two outs and the bases still loaded, Joel Licon was hit by a pitch by Irvine Valley starting pitcher Jordan Geiger to bring in a run and give OCC a 3-0 lead.
But Irvine Valley answered with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Freshman right fielder David Stone started the inning with a single off of Orange Coast starting pitcher Jed Vandernaald. Freshman left fielder Camden Huger then reached on an error to put runners on first and second for the Lasers. Freshman first baseman Danny Jimenez grounded out to second, but both runners moved up a base.
A groundout by freshman third baseman Tim Ralston brought Stone in for the first IVC run. And then Geiger hit an RBI single up the middle to make it 3-2.
But that was it for the scoring for Irvine Valley on the afternoon.
The Lasers only recorded one hit over the next six innings against Orange Coast relievers Keegan Yuhl and Bijan Rademacher.
Yuhl, actually one of Orange Coast's top starting pitchers, entered the game in the fourth and went five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. He earned the win to improve to 10-1 on the season.
Rademacher pitched the ninth. He gave up one walk, but had two strikeouts.
Orange Coast added to its lead in the top of the seventh inning with a run, put up to more in the eighth to take a 6-2 lead and then capped its scoring with a run in the ninth.
Geiger took the loss for Irvine Valley. His record fell to 2-7. Geiger went seven innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and four walks.
Irvine Valley, which had five hits on the day, got a hit each from Geiger, freshman catcher Ryan Wagner, sophomore shortstop Sean Guite and Stone.
Orange Coast, which had 13 hits, saw Rademacher go 3 for 5 with one RBI, Meyers go 2 for 5 with two RBI, Broussard go 2 for 5 with one RBI and Boog Powell go 2 for 5.
The two teams finish the regular season on Thursday with a game at Orange Coast at 2 p.m.