By John M. Sherrard
The Mounties defeated Santa Ana, 7-1, and improved to 6-7 overall.
Avila, who improved to 3-1 on the season, went eight innings, scattered six hits, allowed a lone run and struck out eight Santa Ana batters. Avila, who leads the staff with 25.2 innings, lowered his ERA to 2.10.
Mt. SAC freshman second baseman Alex Gonzalez was 3 for 4 with a run scored and had three RBIs.
Freshman first baseman Jacob Castillo was 2-4, scored two runs and drove in a run.
After the Dons broke the shutout, (3-1), the Mounties scored three runs in the seventh and stretched the lead to 5-1. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single by Knowles, scoring Gonzalez and sophomore catcher Andrew Garcia.
The Mounties added two additional runs on the third single of the game by Gonzalez, scoring Castillo and Shepherd for the 7-1 final.
Mt. SAC will play at Fullerton College on Friday for a 2:00 pm game and return home next Tuesday against Irvine Valley College (6:00 pm).
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