A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


SAC baseball’s dominant fifth inning paves way for a 13-4 win

The bats remained hot from the previous game to propel a blowout victory
Jude Franco
After hitting the first batter he faced, sophomore starting pitcher Matthew Lorenzano (7) struck out two batters in the first inning.

On Tuesday, March 5, Mt. SAC baseball erupted for 13 runs in the series opener against Compton College and improved their record in conference play to 4-1.

SAC welcomed the Compton Tartars to Mazmanian Field for the season’s second series, following a series victory over the East Los Angeles Huskies to open up conference play.

Mt. SAC tallied their second highest scoring output of the season against the Huskies with 14 runs. Their offensive onslaught would continue against the Compton Tartars.


Sophomore center fielder Joey Rossetti (12) doing his at-bat ritual before digging into the batter’s box to face Tartars’ sophomore starting pitcher Joseph Giunta (40, not pictured). (Jude Franco)


Scoreless through two innings, SAC would draw first blood in the bottom of the third with freshman third baseman Ty Thomas (19) registering an RBI single to drive in freshman designated hitter Andrew Walters (26) who reached first base on an error and stole second. Freshman utility infielder Joel Gutierrez (6) was also walked prior to Thomas’s (19) RBI single.

The lineup’s patience to work the count and wait for the right pitch resulted in Mt. SAC scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning saw four base hits with runners in scoring position including a triple from Thomas (19) to drive in two and a double from sophomore center fielder Joey Rosetti (12) to plate another two runs.

Sophomore outfielder Joel Quemada (21) would pinch hit for freshman right fielder Nick Mejia (18) and register a two-run RBI double to drive in sophomore outfielder Bradyn France (15) and Rosetti (12) to make the score 7-0 in favor of Mt. SAC.

The SAC lineup would string together 14 hits and 11 walks while on their way to the 13-4 victory.

Throughout the last two games, SAC has driven in 27 runs home. Baseball Head Coach John Knott shared his thoughts on his lineup’s performance in the last two games and how they can keep producing. “Just quality at-bats, one at a time. Try not to get carried away, having to score the runs it’s just one at-bat after the other, doing your job trying to keep it simple,” Knotts said.

On the bump for Mt. SAC was sophomore right-hander Matthew Lorenzano (7) who was coming off a seven-inning shutout against East Los Angeles just days before this game and a sub-3.00 ERA.


Freshman utility infielder Joel Gutierrez (6) beating the throw to third to set up the SAC offense for an RBI opportunity. (Jude Franco)


Lorenzano’s (7) impressive narrative would continue as he logged another outing where he threw seven scoreless innings, striking out six and not walking a single batter. Lorenzano (7) improves to 4-0 on the year with a 2.39 ERA through 37.2 innings pitched.

“He’s been one of our best guys all season,” Knott said, “He is tough to crack, he’s made several big pitches when he’s had to,” he added.

Knott also reflected on what it has been like to watch Lorenzano this season, “It’s been fun to watch him as a coach. He’s done a great job and he doesn’t give in, guys get into scoring position or on base he is still going to be tough on you,” Knott said.


The SAC dugout had plenty to be happy about with the bats heating up and building an insurmountable lead. (Jude Franco)


The next home game for Mt. SAC baseball will take place on March 9, at 12 p.m.

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    AbrahamMar 8, 2024 at 5:58 pm

    What an amazing article! Really found it insightful and very interesting. Also captured some amazing photos to go along with such an amazing detailed description of the game. Outstanding job!