The Saddleback baseball team made it two in a row over Fullerton College with a 5-1 win over the Hornets on Friday in Fullerton. Michael Carr improved to 4-0 on the season while Brett Auerbach led the offensive charge.
Saddleback entered the game looking for its second win in a row over Fullerton and looking to regain some steam after the program lost four in a row heading into the win on Thursday. The Gauchos received a masterful start from Carr, who kept the Hornets off balance for 6.1 innings while the offense was building a lead. Carr finished with four strikeouts while giving up only two hits before leaving in the bottom of the seventh with a 5-1 lead.
On offense, Auerbach was looking for redemption after going 0-for-3 on Thursday and started the scoring with a single in the fifth inning to drive home Spencer Heinsius. He then drove in the fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning when Saddleback scored three times for a 4-0 lead. Auerbach would later add a single in the eighth inning to finish 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
Saddleback improved to 16-9 overall and 4-5 in the Orange Empire Conference with the win. The Gauchos moved up at least one spot into a tie for fourth place in the OEC, and could move as high as third place depending on what happens in a game today between Golden West and Santa Ana.
Saddleback will open a three-game set with Irvine Valley College next Tuesday at Doug Fritz Field. The first pitch on Tuesday is set for 2:00 PM.