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Todd, MC shrug off Sequoias

Logan Todd had a brief feeling of Groundhog Day.

The last time the Merced College hurler toed his home rubber, things went poorly.

Fresno City touched the sophomore southpaw up for 10 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Thursday's second inning against College of the Sequoias had a similar feel.

After sitting the side down in order in the first inning, Todd couldn't catch a break.

The Giants struck for seven hits -- including back-to-back home runs -- and plated five runs in the second inning.

"As soon as I got in the dugout all the outfielders told me 'we were winning this game and not to sweat it,' " Todd said. "It was only the second inning and I knew I wanted to keep pitching.

"I just needed to go out and get outs."

Todd did just that.

He allowed just two additional hits in seven complete innings and the Blue Devils answered with nine quick runs en route to a 13-7 victory over COS.

The victory improved MC to 16-1 in the Central Valley Conference and all but eliminated the Giants (9-5, 20-10) from title contention.

"One of the things I've admired about Logan since he was in high school, was that nothing bothers him," MC coach Chris Pedretti said. "They get seven hits in one inning and then he shrugs it off and doesn't allow another hit until the seventh."

Pedretti was equally pleased with how his offense fought its way back into the game.

The Blue Devils answered with nine runs over the next three innings, eight of which came with two outs.

After run-scoring singles by Jason Hague and Kory Vitato, Ian Fregosi tied the game in the third with a two-run home run.

Hunter Adrian put MC up for good in the fourth, belting a grand slam over the right-field wall.

"He'd been starting me out with fastballs all day," Adrian said. "I just waited to get one.

"You could feel the energy change while the ball was still in the air. It definitely swung the momentum in the game."

Vitato added some insurance with his team-leading fourth home run of the season. The two-run bomb to left made it 11-5.

MC tacked on two more in the seventh.

The Blue Devils will attempt to close out the three-game sweep of COS on Saturday in Visalia.

"Everybody knows we have this snowball rolling right now," Todd said. "Nobody wants to be the one to break it up."

At Merced College

COS 050 000 002 -- 7 13 1

MC 014 402 20x -- 13 16 1

Greg Chapman, Mitchell Crocker (4), Todd Souza (7), Michael McBride (8) and Mitchell Prophet. Logan Todd, Sean Fasig (8), Ryan Caraveo (9), Nick Bernardi (9) and Anthony Jakosa, Jake Avila (9). WP -- Logan Todd 7-2. LP -- Chapman 4-3.

SEQUOIAS -- Anthony Qualls 2-5 (RBI), Billy Smart 2-4 (HR, 3 RBI), Mitchel Prophet 2-5 (HR, RBI).

MERCED COLLEGE -- Jason Hague 2-4 (2 RBI), Hunter Adrien (2B, HR, 4 RBI), Kory Vitato 3-5 (2B, HR, 3 RBI), Ian Fergosi HR (2 RBI), Anthony Jakosa 3B, Ruben Perez 2-4 (RBI), John Canepa 2-3, Kori Melo 2-4 (3B).

Records: Sequoias 9-5 CVC, 20-10; Merced College 16-1 CVC, 26-6.

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