OCC falls short at home

COSTA MESA — The old adage of "Hit'em where they ain't" was not followed by the Orange Coast College softball team during Thursday's 4-1 Orange Empire Conference loss to visiting Fullerton College.

Despite just one run on three hits, several pitches were hit hard by the Pirate batters, but were caught by various members of the Hornets' defense. In the fourth, Kayla Blanco hit a line shot up the middle, but second baseman Steph Martinez made the backhand catch.

One inning later, with a runner on first and just one out, Ashley Arrington hit a shot deep in the hole, but shortstop Tiffany Kaiser made a diving stop and retired the baserunner at second for a key out. And finally, in the seventh, the final out of the game was recorded on a nice catch in the alley by rightfielder Emily Perez.

Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, OCC (4-11, 0-3 in conference) finally found some offense when Amy Hartwell led off with a single to left and advanced to the third on a single to right-center by Blanco. Two batters later, Rebecca Kendrick drove in Hartwell with an RBI-grounder, but the Pirates would not score again the rest of the way.

Martinez led the Fullerton (3-5, 1-2) offense with three hits, a run and one RBI, while Katie Caraballo added a hit and two RBI.

The Pirates will return to action on Friday at Riverside College, beginning at 2 p.m. OCC's next home game will be on Wednesday against Saddleback, at 3 p.m.

— From OCC athletics

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