The Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers won their eighth consecutive game Wednesday at Scottsdale Community College, 10-0.
Western benefited from some excellent pitching from Carlos Pimentel and pounded out three more home runs in the process.
Pimentel, the work-horse innings pitched leader for the Pioneers, threw 52 strikes out of the 79 total pitches on the day. Carlos gave up only five hits spread over his six innings of work. Of the 18 total outs Pimentel recorded, nine came from strike outs.
On the offensive side, the Pioneers added three home runs to their national leading total of 33 to give them 36 for the year. Long balls came from Anthony Morales, Chris Jones and Josh Anthony. Anthony, now with nine on the year, takes over the national lead. Anthony drove in a game high four RBI’s of the team’s total of 10.
“Josh is in the zone right now,” said coach Kurt Russell. “He’s a great player and a great kid.”
John Lantigua and Chris Jones added doubles. Western swiped four more bases yesterday giving them 76 on the season. That’s good enough for third in the country.
Western is now 19-5 on the season. The Pioneers play again today at Scottsdale at 3 p.m.
Western also has a double header at Eastern Arizona Community College on Saturday.
“We are starting to gear up for our conference schedule,” said Coach Russell. “We are getting our lineup narrowed down to one consistent lineup. We think we have a good feel for where guys should be hitting in the order. We are getting our pitching staff down to just the guys we are going to go to battle with down the stretch. I expect us to play some pretty solid ball from here out. It’s baseball so we are prepared for a bump or two somewhere down the road. But, we should be ready to respond the rest of the way.”
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076