Locked in a pitching duel, the Cerritos College baseball team was limited to just one hit in a 1-0 South Coast Conference loss to El Camino College on Saturday. The Falcons (10-7, 3-3), who opened conference play by sweeping East Los Angeles College, were swept by the Warriors. They will start a three-game series with Pasadena City College with the first game slated for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Kincaid Field.
El Camino (11-6, 5-1) scored the game's only run in the bottom of the second inning off sophomore pitcher Andrew Arguello (La Serna HS/Orange Coast College). A lead-off double by winning pitcher Aaron Orozco resulted in a sacrifice fly, which would turn out to be enough offense for the Warriors. Arguello (2-3) limited El Camino to just five hits and struck out five in a complete game effort.
Cerritos had several chances to score, but could not push any runs across the plate. In the top of the third inning, sophomore first baseman Nicholas Martinez (La Serna HS) led off with a walk and moved to second base on a ground out. The Falcons had runners on first and second base with two outs after sophomore outfielder Shea Estrin (West HS) was hit by a pitch, but freshman second baseman Andres Vega (Mary Star of the Sea HS) grounded back to Orozco to end the inning.
Martinez drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning and advanced to second base when freshman catcher Daniel Mariscal, Jr. (Long Beach Poly HS) singled to left field. However, both sophomore outfielder Buck Anderson (Lakewood HS/Cal State Bakersfield) and Estrin were unable to drive in a run and the threat was ended. The hit by Mariscal, Jr, would turn out to be the only one on the day for the Falcons. Two more hit batters would be the only other baserunners for Cerritos the remainder of the game against Orozco.
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