The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
College of San Mateo (1-2 in Coast Golden Gate, 12-7 overall) shuffled its lineup and erupted for a 12-4 win Saturday at West Valley (0-3, 7-12). Coming off back-to-back loses to Mission College to start the year, the Bulldogs’ victory marks their first in Coast Golden Gate Conference play.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan Krainz moved off the top of the batting order Thursday to slide into the No. 7 spot, and he found his stroke Saturday, going 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Cleanup hitter Juan Gonzalez added a 2-for-5 day with a home run and four RBIs. Freshman center fielder Brandon Hernandez was 1 for 3 with three RBIs; he maintains a .409 batting average, ranking tops in the Coast Golden Gate.
First baseman R.J. Prince added two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.
CSM got on the board with a four-run rally in the third innings and added two in the sixth, five in the seventh and one in the ninth.
Starting pitcher Tommy Watanabe worked five innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out a career-high six against two walks. The right-hander improves his record to 2-0.