Cougar baseball drops to 1-5

ODESSA, Texas -- The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team found the going tough against Odessa College on Saturday.

The Cougars were blanked 15-0 in game one before falling 9-2 in game two.

WNCC, 1-5, managed just three hits in the opening game as Odessa's Jhon Peralta was in control from the beginning, striking out eight and walking two.

The Cougars included a double by Ozzie Gonzalez and singles by Zach Ostergard and Cameron Snyder.

Nick Vanthillo took the loss on the mound, lasting just two innings in giving up 11 runs on eight hits and walking two. Felix Ojeda-Sanchez tossed the final two innings, giving up four runs on four hits.

Game two was a little better for the Cougars. Gering's Grant Rimington threw well in the early stages before having a rough fourth inning. Odessa grabbed a 1-0 lead after one before the Cougars came back to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

The fourth-inning comeback all started with two outs. Snyder was hit by a pitch followed by Gonzalez earning a walk. Alex Micharud followed with a double that scored both runs for the 2-1 lead.

Odessa came back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five times on two hits, two errors and two walks for a 5-2 lead. Odessa plated three more in the fifth for the 9-2 win.

WNCC finished with four hits in the contest. Gabriel DeLa Rosa led the way with a 2-for-3 game, including a stolen base. Michaud had a double with two RBIs, while the other hit was a single from Anthony Apodaca, a Wheatland, Wyo., graduate.

Rimington suffered the loss on the found, going five innings in allowing nine runs on six hits. Rimington also struck out two and walked four. Jason Palser tossed the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

WNCC will be back in action Sunday when they have another doubleheader with Odessa College.

Game One

WNCC 000 00 -- 0 3 3

Odessa 563 1x -- 15 12 0

LP -- Nick Vanthillo (0-2); 2B -- Ozzie Gonzalez

Game Two

WNCC 000 200 0 --- 2 4 4

Odessa 100 530 x -- 9 7 0

LP -- Grant Rimington (0-2); 2B -- Alex Michaud.

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