LONG BEACH — San Diego Mesa College avoided elimination from the state community college baseball tournament on the first day with a 15-3 victory over Merced Friday afternoon.
The No. 8-seeded Olympians (34-7) were defeated in the opening round by No. 1 San Mateo, 9-3, Friday morning on the campus field at Cal State Long Beach. San Diego Mesa came back to hit four home runs in the afternoon game against Merced.
Left fielder Zac Valade homered on the second pitch of the game off losing pitcher Mike Ordez (6-4). Valdez also had two doubles, a single and four RBIs.
Catcher Larry Oedewaldt hit a bases-empty home run in the third and Mike Thomas hit a three-run homer in the fifth. Winning pitcher Jeff Oswalt (14-1) hit his first home run of the season with nobody on in the seventh.