In a game that postponed each of the past two days due to poor field conditions, Penn (20-7, 5-0 MCC) pounded the ball around the diamond.Jaime Ayala
(Sr., Modesto, Calif., Modesto CC) topped the visitors with five hits, while the trio of Alex Chavez
(Sr., Culver City, Calif., LA Harbor CC), Richie Hawley
(Sr., Palmdale, Calif., Antelope Valley CC), and Garrett Jenner
(Jr., Jamul, Calif., Grossmont CC) all recorded four hits each.
The Statesmen jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning of the opener, highlighted by a two-run double by Jenner. Ayala also had an RBI single in the initial frame.
Jenner tallied another RBI with a single in the second.
The host Vikings (3-15, 0-2 MCC) answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Penn then got one of those runs back on an RBI single by Eddie Sobczak
(Jr., University Place, Wash., Skagit Valley CC) in the fourth frame.
Grand View scored its final run in the fifth, while the Statesmen add one final insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by Ayala.
Ayala led Penn with a 3-4 performance, while Chavez, Hawley, Jenner, and Sobczak all had two hits apiece. Jenner had a team-best three RBIs, while Ayala posted two RBIs. Chavez and Hawley both scored a game-high two runs.
Penn held a 14-8 advantage in hits in game one.Micah Spencer
(Sr., Modesto, Calif., Indiana State) had a solid outing to improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season. The senior allowed three runs (all earned) on eight hits. He struck out a season-high eight against just two walks.
Penn went ahead early in the nightcap as well by again scoring three runs in the first inning. Hawley delivered the first big blow with a solo home run, his third of the season, while Ramon Cabral
(Sr., Antioch, Calif., Laney CC) bettered him with a two-run shot just two batters later, his fifth of the campaign.Nick Golich
(Jr., Aurora, Ill., Waubonsee CC) scored the first of his two runs in the second frame when he crossed home plate on a sacrifice by Hawley to extend the advantage to 4-0.
Jenner blew the contest open with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, his team-leading sixth roundtripper of 2009.
Ayala then hit an RBI single in the sixth, while Jenner capped the day's scoring by coming home on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Hawley paced the offensive charge by going 2-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Golich was also 2-2, while Chavez and Ayala were both 2-4. Jenner made it five players with two hits as he was 2-5 (three RBIs, two runs) in the second game. Penn doubled up Grand View 12-6 in hits.Keith Rizor
(Sr., Westminster, Calif., Orange Coast CC) had a tremendous performance to move to 4-2 on the campaign. The senior allowed just six hits in shutting out the Vikings over six innings. He struck out 11 with only one walk.Mark Appel
(Jr., Glendale, Ariz., Gateway CC) relieved Rizor in the seventh and threw a perfect frame, recording a pair of strikeouts.Next:
Penn travels to Mount Pleasant Saturday and Sunday to face Iowa Wesleyan in three MCC games. The two teams play in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and then meet again for a single nine-inning game Sunday at 12 p.m.