The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Come-from-behind wins are fast becoming synonymous with College of San Mateo baseball this season.
The Bulldogs (8-1 overall) claimed their fifth comeback victory of the season Tuesday with a 9-5 win over College of Marin (5-5) at Bulldogs Stadium. Trailing 5-2 in the sixth, CSM came roaring back with a four-spot to take the lead.
Daniel Page had the big swing of the bat to tie it, stepping up with the bases loaded and one out and socking a three-run triple up the gap in left-center. Then leadoff man Ryan Krainz gave the Bulldogs the lead, delivering a picturesque bunt on a suicide squeeze to drive home Page, with Krainz reaching via bunt single.
“We talked about [bunting] after the triple,” Krainz said. “I just looked at coach and knew we were going to do it.”
Krainz had every reason in the world to know he would be called upon to bunt. The sophomore’s RBI infield hit was one of four bunt singles on the day for the Bulldogs, who matched their season-high with 16 hits in the game.
The workhorse CSM bullpen did the rest. After starting pitcher Brock Tsukamoto departed after three-plus innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, the Bulldogs’ three most used pitchers this season — Brady Navarro, Drew Reveno and Mark Quinby — worked the final six frames, combining to allow just one run on three hits.
Navarro soldiered through three innings, allowing one run on two hits to earn the win. His record improves to 2-0. Reveno entered in the seventh, giving the freshman right-hander eight appearances through nine games this season.
With CSM leading 6-5 in the eighth, Reveno got into trouble by putting two on with one out. But Quinby entered to induce a double-play grounder, which the Bulldogs infield turned courtesy of some fancy glove work by shortstop Anders Green.
Quinby ran a cut fastball in on Marin’s Matt Tarantino, who nearly muscled a grounder through the middle of the diamond. But Green ranged over the middle to glove it and, with his momentum carrying towards the outfield, he opted to shovel the ball with his glove to Krainz at second. The toss was a bit behind Krainz, who recovered to pivot a low throw to first base, which first baseman RJ Prince picked on a hop to preserve the twin killing.
“It was a great pitch by Mark … and a great play by [Green],” Krainz said. “I wasn’t expecting the glove flip. But it was a great play by RJ over at first to save it.”
After CSM rallied for three insurance runs in the eighth, Quinby went on to work a perfect ninth to earn his third save of the year. Center fielder Dominic Smith punctuated the game with a nice headlong diving catch for the final out.
Smith was a late defensive replacement for starting center fielder Brandon Hernandez, who had a career day at the plate. The freshman was 4 for 5 with two RBIs. Adgar and Krainz each added three hits.
Currently batting .310 as a team, the Bulldogs are playing with a confidence that makes no opponent’s lead safe.
“You’ve just got to stay calm and stick to your approach … because we know we can hit,” Krainz said.