TORRANCE, Calif. – El Camino College had its chances but could not overcome an early hole in a 5-4 loss to Mount San Antonio College Friday afternoon at Warrior Field.
The Warriors (12-3, 0-2) dropped consecutive games for the first time this season, suffering a sweep at the hands of the Mounties (8-9, 2-0) on Friday.
Spencer Palmer went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI including his first home run of the season to lead the Warriors on Friday afternoon. Aaron Orozco also hit his first home run of the year in the loss and also struck out nine batters on the mound despite giving up five earned runs on 10 hits to suffer his first loss on the mound.
For the Mounties, Dylan Zavala and Caleb Ellis each went 3-for-5 on the day while Michael Sandoval struck the big blow, belting a 3-run home run in the third inning to put the Mounties ahead for goo.
Despite taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Warriors found themselves playing catch-up the rest of the way as Mt. SAC scored all five of its runs in the second and third innings.
After tying things up in the second with a run, the Mounties jumped all over Orozco in the third as Zavala doubled to right-center to put the Mounties up 2-1. Sandoval then stepped up and blasted a 3-run blast way past the right-field wall to give the Mounties a lead they would never relinquish.
The Warriors did their best to erase the deficit as Orozco belted a two-run shot in the bottom of the third to make it 5-3.
In the fifth, Spencer Palmer hit a massive homer over the right-field wall to trim the deficit to 5-4 for the Warriors, but they would get no closer.
The team's best chance came in the seventh inning as the Warriors loaded the bases with one out. But closer Steven Ordorica induced an inning-ending double play from Matt Beserra to end the threat. The Warriors would be retired in order in the last two innings to end the game.
The Warriors will return to action Monday afternoon as they take on Rio Hondo at Warrior Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.