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It was just one of those days for the Yuba College baseball team.
Facing Los Medanos at home on Thursday afternoon, the 49ers saw a 2-1 third-inning lead evaporate after committing five errors in a tough 10-2 loss at Gary Engelken Field.
Miscues by the 49ers and a dominant pitching effort by the Mustangs' Austin Wiggins were the difference in this one as Yuba dropped to 9-15 overall and 5-10 in Bay Valley Conference play with the setback.
"That's how our season's been," Yuba coach Tim Gloyd said. "We battle, then we make errors. We've just got to keep working."
Los Medanos (11-15, 9-6) went up 1-0 in the first by hitting a pair of doubles off Yuba starter Chris Stocker, but the 49ers got the run back in the bottom half of the frame courtesy of two errors by the Mustangs.
Yuba took the lead in the second when Lindhurst High product AZ Sutton smacked a lead-off single and scored on a run-scoring base knock by Stocker to make the score 2-1.
The score remained the same until Los Medanos broke things open by scoring four times in the fourth. A double and a pair of singles started things before Sam Faleafine provided the game's biggest blow by hitting a long three-run homer to left to put the Mustangs up 5-2.
The rest of the contest belonged to Wiggins, who allowed just two hits over the final seven innings while tossing his fifth complete game of the season. He allowed just one earned run while allowing five hits and striking out six.
"I couldn't get the ball down early, but I made the adjustments throughout the game," said Wiggins, who is headed to Fresno State next season. "My fastball, curveball and slider were all working, but after the sixth inning it was all fastballs.
"I don't know what it is, but I feel I get stronger as the game goes on."
Los Medanos went on to add two runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth to complete the scoring, but it mattered little with the way Wiggins was throwing the ball.
"He's pretty good," Gloyd said. "I thought we were going to get to him, but we had a tough fourth inning and it's hard to come back against a guy like that."
Faleafine led all hitters by going a perfect 4 for 4 with a double, a home run, five RBIs and four runs scored.
Anthony Stolo finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and Stocker went 2 for 4 with an RBI to lead Yuba at the plate. The 49ers played the game without the services of three starters who were out with injuries.
"It hurts," Gloyd said. "And when you lose a bit, things start hurting more than they usually do."
The biggest blow for the 49ers was the loss of top hitter Brennan Alejo, who has been hospitalized for the past two days with viral meningitis.
"His dad flew in from Hawaii, so I'm worried about him," Gloyd said. "It's scary. It's a bad thing to have."