The Mesa College Olympians defeated the City College Knights 6-5 in their first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game of the season.
Mesa (5-7) scored in the top of the first inning but the Knights came back in the bottom as sophomore Tyler Flores hit a triple to center field and scored on a ground out by freshman Diego Blanco.
In the bottom of the second, starting Knights pitcher Frank Lopez helped his own cause with a lead-off triple. Scoring in the next play, the Knights advanced the score 2-1.
Mesa took the lead during the fifth inning, scoring four runs making the score 5-2.
Knights’ freshman outfielder Austin Ellery started the bottom of the fifth off right with a bomb hit to left center. Running fast around the bases, he slid safely into third base. Sophomore Scott Martinez followed with a hard hit single to the left side of the field, allowing Ellery to score.
During the bottom of the eighth, Flores started the inning with a single to right center. Sophomore Dylan Dudley was then walked followed by sophomore John Salda, who was hit by a pitch.
With the bases loaded, Lopez came up to bat and hit a short fly ball in between second and right center, advancing Flores. The score was 5-4 Mesa.
With only one out, freshman Anthony Warneke hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field allowing Dudley to score and tie the game 5-5.
In the top of the ninth, Mesa’s Alex Emerick earned a walk but managed to get to third base on a wild pitch and throwing error. Emerick scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Alex Eliopulos.
The Knights are now 5-5 overall in the season. They play their next three games on the road, starting with Imperial Valley College on Wednesday, March 3; at Grossmont on March 5, and at Southwestern on March 8.