Coastal Bend College and Brookhaven College have both been ranked as high as second in the NJCAA Division III poll this season. Going into Monday's doubleheader, Brookhaven sat comfortably at #4, while CBC had fallen from the rankings. To say there was a significant amount at stake for the Cougars would most certainly have been an understatement. The Cougars would make the five plus hour ride to Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch on a beautiful Monday afternoon for the doubleheader.
Ruben Sepulveda would toe the rubber for the Cougars in the first of the two games between the teams. Sepulveda wasn't brilliantly sharp on the day as he faced runners in scoring position in four of his six innings of work, but every time he dug himself a hole he was able to show they grit, heart and determination that have become his trade marks. Sepulveda faced bases loaded jams in the first and second innings, but the Cougar defense would stiffen and hold the Bears to no runs.
The Cougars would score first in the battle, when a Jordan Gochenour double plated Josh Burnett. CBC was able to tack on another run in the third. This time it was Sepulveda making his pitching life easier, by hitting one off the wall in right field. The double would put him in scoring position, and Bo Gonzales would bring him home with a double of his own to make it a 2-0 Cougar lead. That would complete the scoring for the next four inning as the Cougar bats were held scoreless, while Sepulveda would hold the Bears' offense.
The Navy and Columbia would score three more, what would be insurance runs, in the top of the 7th inning led by Sepulveda's line drive two-run, home-run over the right field wall. Mason Foster would work the bottom of the 7th and hold the Bears to single hit to pick up the save. Sepulveda threw six innings, scattering seven hits and striking out three to earn his sixth win and second shutout of the season.
The second game started off much differently than the first as both teams seemed to settle in for a pitcher's duel. Marco Becerril took the hill for the Cougars and was stellar with his location. The Cougar bats would finally find their mark in the top of the third inning. Those two runs would be enough as Becerril would make one bad pitch the entire day and that came with two-out, and two strikes in the bottom of the fourth, when the Bear's tagged a mislocated fast ball over the right field fence. The Brookhaven homerun would be their own offensive momentum of the game.
The Cougars would tack on two more runs in the fifth inning when Josh Burnett went deep bringing home Joel Rodriguez. CBC would follow their game one blueprint and tag the Brookhaven pitching staff for three more runs in the top of the final frame. Gonzales got on with a line drive to left. He would move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Adrian Pena, and score on Luis Castellanos' single to center. Kyler Bumstead would get aboard on a seeing eye single, that would move Castellanos to second. Rodriguez would clear the bases, scoring Castellanos and Bumstead to make the score 7-1 and assure the Cougars of the road sweep.
Becerril earns his eighth win on the season, going the distance for the sixth time; as he scattered four hits - including the one homerun - and striking out six. With the wins, Coastal Bend moves its record to 30-13 on the season and a perfect 6-0 versus NJCAA Division III opponents.