The Hancock College baseball team has played 10 games on its John Osborne Field in 2018. The Bulldogs have won all 10.
Friday, Izzy Hernandez snapped a 3-3 tie by singling home Josh Harmonay with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Daniel Curiel followed with his second home run of the game, this one a two-run shot, and Hancock beat Oxnard 6-3 in a Western State Conference North Division game to run its home season record to 10-0.
The Bulldogs (11-9, 2-1) have won just once on the road. The Condors are 6-13, 1-2. All six WSC North teams were 1-1 in conference play going into the game Friday, which was moved up from Saturday because of forecasted rain for the area that day.
"I'm not sure there has been anything like this in my memory," 18th-year Hancock coach Chris Stevens said of his team's home vs. road record.
"Part of the irony is our 2010 team, one of our super regional teams, had a better road record than home record."
Harmonay just entered the game at third base in the top of the seventh. He hit a two-out double in the eighth and then Hernandez singled him home.
Not only did Hernandez drive in the winning run, the freshman right-hander was the winning pitcher.
The Cabrillo High School graduate, who was Hancock's third pitcher of the game, faced eight batters. He gave up an infield single and got an infield pop out. Hernandez struck out the other six.
Hernandez came on with runners on the corners with two outs and the game tied at three in the top of the seventh. He got Ramon Gomez to swing at a two-strike pitch in the dirt, and catcher Reed Odland threw to first for the third out.
"I threw all fastballs until they caught up with them. Then I went to curveballs in the dirt," said Hernandez.
A curveball in the dirt got Matt Whitney swinging for the last out of the game. As he did after two other strikeouts Hernandez racked up, Ostand threw to first for the out.
Curiel gave the Bulldogs a short-lived 2-1 lead with a solo blast in the fourth. His dramatic two-run shot came several innings later.
"Quite honestly, I was just looking for a pitch to square up and hit," on both of those, said Curiel.
"I've been struggling at the plate."
Curiel got pitches he could drive in the fourth and the eighth, fastballs out over the plate, and he took advantage both times. Curiel homered off left-handed Oxnard starter Jackson Simonsgaard in the fourth inning and off reliever Benjamin Reyez in the eighth.
"There was the dramatic eighth inning, but really I thought pitching was the biggest reason we won the game," said Stevens.
Hancock starter Dylan Maiden worked five innings. Phil Almanza went went 1 2/3 innings, and Hernandez got the last seven outs.
Maiden stranded four runners in scoring position, and Almanza and Hernandez both stranded one. All three stranded a runner at third base.
Noah Goss singled off Maiden with two outs for two unearned runs in the fifth. The lone error of the game didn't exactly come on a routine play. Hancock shortstop Quinntin Perez charged a slow bouncer off the bat of Alejandro Chavez, and first baseman Jake Shusterich couldn't come up with the short-hop throw.
"That was a tough play," said Stevens.
Chad Jones brought the Bulldogs to a 3-3 tie when he singled home Tanner Thompson from second base with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Thompson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
Thompson scored the first run when he stole home in the third inning. Simonsgaard made a leisurely throw to first as Perez was going back to the bag, and Thompson took off from third. He easily beat the hurried, high throw home.
Goss doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, and Gomez singled him home to tie the game 1-1.
Curiel, Jones and Hernandez all had two hits for the Bulldogs, who out-hit the Condors 10-8. Jones walked his other two times up.
Goss and Colin Freeman both finished with two hits for Oxnard.
Hancock will play at Oxnard at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.