The Lancers baseball team fell short Tuesday, losing to the Long Beach Vikings 8-3 at Veterans Stadium.The Vikings would out-run, out-pitch, and out-hit the Lancers in every inning.
“We just couldn’t play baseball,” said Head Coach Evan O’Meara.
Going into the top of the fourth inning, the Lancers would go scoreless while the Vikings held a one-point lead.
The Lancers would answer back with a hit by freshman right fielder Vincent Pantaleo that brought in freshmen outfielder Kyle Wilkinson. But the Vikings would go on a hitting spree in the fifth inning to put a win out of reach for the the Lancers.
A furious O’Meara was ejected in the seventh inning after arguing with the home plate umpire over an interference call, leaving the field with the Lancers down by six points.
The Lancers were not able to answer back to the Vikings six-point lead going into the top of the ninth.
“We lost focus,” said O’Meara. “We didn’t take advantage of any of the opportunities to come back.”
“We need to concentrate, play better all around baseball,” said O’Meara when asked about what went wrong. “We need to improve our pitching and we can’t lose concentration. We lack the killer instinct. When we feel that we are losing, we let it get to us and have a losing mentality.”
The Lancers now sit on a record of 4-16 in the South Coast Conference and an overall record of 6- 27.
The men’s baseball team will finish the season this Thursday against the Long Beach Vikings at Jackie Robinson Memorial field.
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