A pair of walked in runs turned out to be the difference as the San Bernardino Valley College baseball team opened series play in the Inland Empire Athletic Conference with a 7-5 loss to Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday.
SBVC had opened Wednesday's action by beating the Eagles 14-11 in 12 innings, concluding a game started Feb. 25 at Mt. San Jacinto, and was suspended tied at 11 going into the bottom of the ninth.
In Wednesday's game - itself moved after rain on Tuesday - the two teams waged a see-saw battle, that saw the Eagles score a run in each of the first three innings. But the Wolverines remained close, as Derek Bogh doubled home Edward Aldama in the first, and Aldama blasted the ball over the fence in right field to tie the game at 3 after five innings.
After the teams each scored once in the seventh, the Eagles put runners on first and second against Trevor Strojek, who was then replaced by Giancarlo Flores. Flores struggled with his control, walking three in a row before getting out of the jam.
In the conclusion of the previous game, Nathaniel Mendoza picked up the pitching duties in the bottom of the ninth for SBVC, and struck out five of the first six batters he faced in four innings of work. He also picked two runners off first base to keep the Wolverines in it. In the 12th, Ethan Anderegg singled home Valdivia, then later scored on a balk. Aldama then came home on an error, giving Mendoza all the runs he would need.