The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.

College of San Mateo baseball suffered back-to-back losses, each by the same score of 8-4, Saturday and Sunday at Cosumnes River College to be eliminated in the Northern California baseball regional playoffs.

The Bulldogs opened the best-of-three series with a 6-4 win Friday, but led only briefly Saturday with a first-inning run before Cosumnes River took charge with a four-run rally in the third. From there, the Hawks never again trailed in the series.

Facing CSM freshman Tommy Watanabe in Sunday’s finale, Cosumnes River jumped out to a 2-0 lead by virtue of two unearned runs.

In the fifth, the Bulldogs rallied to tie it; after loading the bases, Juan Gonzalez produced an RBI single and Daniel Page later scored on an infield error to draw even at 2-2. But in the bottom of the frame, the Hawks loaded the bases to knock Watanabe out of the game. Then facing Bulldogs reliever Daniel Slominski, Hawks cleanup hitter Brian Morley produced a sacrifice fly to score Daniel Enes. Jordan Yu then scored on a wild pitch to give Cosumnes a 4-2 lead.

The Bulldogs rallied for a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Dominic Smith. But the Hawks broken it open in the bottom of the inning with a four-run rally.

Freshman leadoff hitter Brandon Hernandez was 6 for 15 in the series, upping his team-best batting average to .345. CSM finishes the year with a 26-15 overall record. It is the seventh straight year the Bulldogs have reached the postseason.

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