The College of the Canyons baseball team, ranked No. 2 in Southern California, defeated Moorpark College on Thursday, 6-3.
Canyons, the state runner-up last season, held Moorpark scoreless through five innings. It was just the improvement that Canyons Coach Mike Gillespie was looking for.
"Our number one concern this year was our defense," Gillespie said. "One thing that has made a difference has been the play of Don Erickson. He's only made two errors in 11 games."
Though it was playing at home, Moorpark wasn't given much of a chance at the plate. Darren Beer pitched eight innings for Canyons, striking out seven while allowing eight hits and three runs. Beer, who held the Raiders to two hits through the first five innings, has walked only two batters in 24 innings.