Knights End Season With 5th Straight Win
The Knights finished the 2013 season on a high note by defeating the PCAC champion Palomar Comets, 1-0, for their fifth consecutive win. It was the fourth straight game between the teams that was decided by one run, but the first that the Knights won.
Cole Chandler (3-2) earned the win after striking out five and allowing just four hits in 7.2 innings. Brent Daugherty earned his second save of the season after retiring the final four batters.
Palomar threatened to score in the first inning when the Comets had runners at the corners with two out, but Chandler got Trey Guedea to foul out to Knights' first baseman Blake Chandler who made the catch while sliding near the Knights' dugout.
Palomar's only other threat came in the the fifth inning when they put runners on first and second with one out, but Chandler got Chris Sanders go hit into a ground ball double play to end the inning.
The Knights finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan McClanahan and Randy Carrazco led off with back-to-back singles that put them on the corners. After a J.P. Rios strikeout, Carlos Ceniceros came up as a pinch hitter and reached on a fielder's choice that allowed McClanahan to score the first run of the game. Fabian Cosio was then walked and Alex Wick hit a single to left field. On that play, Ceniceros attempted to score from second base, but was thrown out by Palomar left fielder Justin Hargrove to end the inning.
It was all the Knights needed in this season finale as they hung on for the 1-0 win, their first over Palomar in five tries this season. Aside from their first contest which Palomar won, 5-0, the Knights hung tough with the first place Comets as they only allowed a total of five runs over the last four meetings.
The Knights five-game win streak to end the season included victories over the other five teams in the PCAC. The Knights finished 15-17 overall and 13-12 in the PCAC, good for a tie with Southwestern for third place in the conference.