ELAC Loses Playoff Series Against Palomar

SAN MARCOS - 5/8/11 - After winning on Friday against Palomar College, 8-4, in the first game of the first-round, best-of-three series to open the California Community College Southern Region baseball playoffs, visiting East Los Angeles College got routed by the Comets Saturday and Sunday, losing 9-2 and 11-2, respectively.
In those two games, Palomar knocked around Husky pitching for 35 hits and got got back-to-back complete game pitching performances from Ryan Wilkins and Clayton Voechting.
Coming into the series, Palomar was the Pacific Coast Conference champion with an overall record of 25-11 and seeded fifth overall.
ELAC received the 12th seed by going 22-13 this season and finishing second in the rugged South Coast Conference. The Huskies entered postseason play having won seven of their last eight games.
Two of those victories came against Compton College, the team the Huskies caught in the conference standings for the second spot in the final week of the season. ELAC was 13-8 in the conference and finished a game behind SCC champion Cerritos, which posted a record of 14-7. Despite finishing second, the Huskies won both season series from Cerritos and Compton.
ELAC coach James Hines sent Chris Reyes to the mound at Palomar Friday to start the playoff series. Reyes, a sophomore from Arroyo High, had an outstanding season for the Huskies.
Reyes recorded a record of 6-3 with an ERA of 2.74. He also had three complete games, striking out 58 batters while walking just 15.
The Huskies were led by second baseman Ruben Ramirez, who had a team-leading batting average of .331 and a team-high 42 hits going into the Palomar series.
Right fielder Andy Salcido was batting .315 and had 18 RBIs, while batting leadoff and playing centerfield was Kevin Jones. Jones batted .305 and scored a team-leading 34 runs to go with 40 hits before the Palomar series.
Catcher Frank Martinez led the Huskies with 25 RBIs and was batting .283. Designated hitter Daniel Catalan was batting .290 with a team-high 10 doubles. He has also driven in 17 runs. Third baseman Arnold Banuelos was batting .276 with 15 RBIs prior to the weekend series with Palomar.
(Correspondent Mario Villegas contributed to this story.)
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