Rollo Adams had hoped to see a little more energy in his team's first home game after a two-week road odyssey.
But that very trip might have been the Merced Volunteers' undoing.
Coming off of 13 games in 12 days -- spanning two states -- the Vols seemed to sleepwalk through the first five-and-a-half innings.
An offensive outburst in the sixth sparked some hope for Merced, but a four-run eighth inning gave the Clovis Outlaws a 10-6 victory at Merced College on Wednesday night.
"I think the trip might have caught up with them a little bit," Adams said. "I thought we could have played a little better in front of the home crowd, but what we're looking for right now is a little consistency."
Adams is still searching after Wednesday's game.
Merced spotted the Outlaws a 3-1 lead, with two runs scoring on throwing errors and a third circling the bases on three wild pitches.
Clovis appeared in complete control, doubling its score in the sixth on three singles, a walk and a couple hit batsmen.
With their first offensive life of the game, the Vols answered right back.
Capitalizing on a pair of Outlaw errors, Merced plated five runs on four hits to tie the game at 6 in the bottom of the sixth.
Joe Medeiros and Brock Pisacco had back-to-back two-out, run-scoring singles to tie up the game.
Unfortunately, the rally and offense stopped there.
Clovis regrouped and Mike Bakula put the Outlaws up for good with a run-scoring double in the eighth.
"The game was disappointing, but we'll be OK," Adams said. "We've got a chance to bounce right back. We're right back out here (tonight).
Sean Lynch is a Sun-Star sports writer. He can be reached at 385-2476 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLOVIS OUTLAWS 10,
MERCED VOLUNTEERS 6
At Merced College
CLOVIS 110 013 040 -- 10 11 6
VOLS 100 005 000 -- 6 7 4
Tyler Bersano, Jeff Phillips (5), Kellen Schellenberger (7) and Chris Kuber. Brett Mooneyham, Jerry Leonardo (3), Justin Koehler (9) and Joe Medeiros. WP -- Schellenberger. LP -- Leonardo.
CLOVIS -- Mike Bakula 4-5 (2B, 2 RBI), Ryley Rerucha 2B.
VOLS -- Daniel Benson 2-3, Medeiros 2-5 (3 RBI), Dustin Donnell 2B.