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1140 W. Mission Rd.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 Ext. 2460
FAX (760) 761-3512
Athletic Director:
John Woods

2002 Baseball Schedule and Results

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME / RESULT

RECORD

CONF.

PALOMAR INVITATIONAL

 

Fri

Feb 1

Cochise (Ariz.)

Home

WON 7-2 (1–0)  
Sat Feb 2 Canada Home WON 8-4 (2–0)  
Sun Feb 3 Los Angeles Pierce Home WON 9-5 (3–0)  

CYPRESS GUARANTY CHEVROLET CLASSIC

 

Fri

Feb 8

Golden West

Away

Lost 4-1

(3–1)  
Sat Feb 9 Long Beach City College Away WON 7-5 (4–1)  
    Cypress Away Lost 4-3 (4–2)  
Sun Feb 10 Saddleback Away Lost 5-4 (4–3)  

NONCONFERENCE

Tue Feb 12 Golden West Away WON 12-6 (5–3)  

PALOMAR TOURNAMENT

Thu Feb 14 College of the Siskiyous Home Lost 10-8 (11) (5–4)  
Thu Feb 14 Irvine Valley Home Lost 9-4 (5–5)  
Fri Feb 15 College of the Siskiyous Home Lost 5-4 (5–6)  
Sat Feb 16 Irvine Valley Home WON 10–6 (6–6)  

NONCONFERENCE

Wed Feb 20 Orange Coast Away WON 12-6 (7–6)  
PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE
Sat Feb 23 Imperial Valley Home WON 13-4 (8–6) (1–0)
Tue Feb 26 San Diego Mesa Home WON 9-3 (9–6) (2–0)
Thu Feb 28 Grossmont Away WON 10-5 (10–6) (3–0)
Sat March 2 San Diego City College Away Lost 9-6 (10–7) (3–1)
Tue March 5 Southwestern Home Lost 11-5 (10–8) (3–2)
Sat March 9 Imperial Valley Away Lost 8-4 (10–9) (3–3)
Tue March12 San Diego Mesa Away WON 10-8 (11–9) (4–3)
Thu March 14 San Diego Mesa Home WON 7-4 (12–9) (5–3)
Tue March 19 Grossmont Home WON 7-5 (13–9) (6–3)
Thu March 21 Grossmont Away Lost 10-8 (13–10) (6–4)
Sat March 23 San Diego City College Home WON 8-7 (14–10) (7–4)

PALOMAR EASTER SERIES

Tue March 26 Mt. SAC Home WON 9-4 (15–10)  
Tue March 26 Glendale Holme Lost 9-3 (15–11)  
Thu March 28 Golden West Home WON 6-3 (16–11)  

PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE

Tue April 2 San Diego City College Away WON 3-0 (17–11) (8–4)
Thu April 4 Southwestern Home Lost 17-12 (17–12) (8–5)
Mon April 8 Southwestern Away WON 5-3 (18–12) (9–5)
Tue April 9 Imperial Valley Away WON 2-0 (19–12) (10–5)
Thu April 11 Imperial Valley Home WON 4-0 (20–12) (11–5)
    Imperial Valley Home Lost 8-7 (10) (20–13) (11–6)
Tue April 16 San Diego Mesa Away Lost 10-9 (20–14) (11–7)
Thu April 18 San Diego Mesa Home WON 9-6 (21–14) (12–7)
Sat April 20 Grossmont Home Lost 2-1 (21–15) (12–8)
Tue April 23 Grossmont Away Lost 13-10 (21–16) (12–9)
Thu April 25 San Diego City College Home Lost 10-7 (21–17) (12–10)
Sat April 27 San Diego City College Away Lost 9-5 (21–18) (12–11)
Tue April 30 Southwestern Home WON 10-3 (22–18) (13–11)
Thu May 2 Southwestern Away WON 5-3 (23–18) (14–11)
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Southern California Regionals

Fri May 10 Glendale Glendale Lost 14-6 (23–19)  
Sat May 11 L.A. Harbor Glendale Won 15-14 (24–19)  
    Glendale Glendale Lost 12–5 (24–20)  

2002 Roster

No.

Name

Pos.

B/T

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Previous School(s)

2 Cliff Hinkle 1B/2B B/R 5-10 173 So Linfield HS (Temecula)
3 Joe Ramos 2B/DH R/R 5-10 175 Fr Mt. Carmel HS

4

Jesse Schmidt

OF

B/R

6-1

190

So

La Costa Canyon HS

6

Mark Engel

P

L/R

5-10

200

So

Ramona HS

7 Ryan King OF R/R 5-10 170 Fr Poway HS
8 Casey Gallagher 1B/DH R/R 6-0 189 Fr Rancho Bernardo HS

9

Ralphie Marin

3B

R/R

5-10

180

So

Carlsbad HS

11

Kyle Floquet

SS

R/R

5-10

170

So

Granite Hills HS

12 Robert Anaya P R/R 5-11 175 Fr San Marcos HS
13 Bryce Carrier OF R/R 6-1 185 Fr El Camino HS
14 Joey Sintetos P R/R 6-0 190 So Vista HS
15 Carlos Medina OF R/R 6-0 175 Fr Oceanside HS
16 Sean Richardson OF/C R/R 6-1 175 Fr Vista HS
18 Brian Robinson 1B L/L 6-3 200 Fr Oceanside HS
20 Michael Cerda C R/R 6-0 210 Fr Oceanside HS
21 Kevin Clausen P R/R 6-2 215 So. Lakeridge HS (Lake Oswego,Ore.) / USD

22

Keegan Moore

C

R/R

6-1

195

So

Carlsbad HS

24

Keith Albright

P

R/R

6-3

205

So

Rancho Buena Vista HS

25 Bryan Lee OF R/R 6-2 215 Fr Folsom HS / Sacramento CC
27 Trent Holbrook P R/R 6-0 215 Fr San Marcos HS
30 Dustin Davis UT R/R 6-3 200 Fr La Costa canyon HS / USC
31 Kyle Thompson P/OF R/R 6-5 230 Fr Valley Center HS
32 Jeff Cummings 1B/DH L/L 6-1 205 Fr Carlsbad HS/San Jose St.

33

Brian Girgenti

P

R/R

6-2

225

So

Escondido HS

35

Jon Fleming

P/1B

R/R

6-6

225

So

Valley Center HS

Comets Get 3 Games Deep in Regionals
Palomar missed a shot to win its fourth Pacific Coast Conference championship in the last five years in 2002 but finished alone in second place and then made it through three games in the Southern California Regionals at Glendale on May 11-12.

The Comets lost to Glendale 14-6, eliminated Los Angeles Harbor 15-14, then were eliminated by Glendale 12-5.

Shortstop Kyle Floquet had a big tournament both offensively and defensively. Bryan Lee and Sean Richardson also came up big at the plate. First baseman Brian Robinson stood out on defense. Palomar finished the season 24-20.

RESULTS

May 11

PALOMAR 15, L.A. HARBOR 14 – The Comets eliminated the Seahawks from the Southern California Community College Regionals at Casey Stengel Field in Glendale as Bryan Lee (4-for-6, double, RBI), Kyle Floquet (2-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI, sacrifice bunt, walk) and Sean Richardson (2-for-5, home run, 5 RBIs, walk) paced a 16-hit attack. Keith Albright picked up his fifth save in relief of starter and winner Robert Anaya (6-1), who threw 166 pitches in a marathon performance with the Comets short on arms due to injuries. The comets had opened Regional play with a 14-6 loss to Glendale on Friday, May 10, despite a big performance both at the plate and in the field by Floquet, who doubled and singled. The Comets eventually were eliminated by Glendale 12-5 on Saturday night in a game the Comets led 4-1 in the seventh inning.

April 27

GROSSMONT 13, PALOMAR 10 – Brian Robinson went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and Kyle Floquet went 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, but it wasn't enough to overcome Grossmont's 9-run sixth inning. Carlos Medina's 3-run HR gave the Comets an 8-4 lead in the top of the sixth. Keith Albright came on to pitch 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, giving up an unearned run, but the damage had been done as the Griffins clinched at least a tie for the Pacific Coast Conference title. The Comets then fell 10-7 to San Diego City College on April 25 at home and 9-5 to the Knights on April 27 on the road. Sean Richardson went 3-for-4. in the April 25 game, Cliff Hinkle went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs and Casey Gallagher was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. In the April 27 game, Kyle Thompson struck out 11 batters in 5 innings, Hinkle went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI and Richardson went 2-for-5. Palomar fell to 21-18, 12-11 in the conference but can finish second and advance to the Southern California Regionals by winning its last 2 regular-season games on Tuesday, April 30, at home vs. Southwestern and Thursday, May 2, on the road against the same team.

April 25

GROSSMONT 2, PALOMAR 1 – The second-place Comets dropped a heartbreaking Pacific Coast Conference decision to first-place Grossmont at home. The loss came despite a brilliant effort by pitchers Kyle Thompson and Brian Girgenti. Thompson and Girgenti combined to throw a 4-hitter at the Griffins. Both Grossmont runs were unearend. Ralphie Marin went 3-for-4 for with a double. Bryan Lee went 2-for-4.

April 18Ap

PALOMAR 9, SAN DIEGO MESA 6 – Bryan Lee, Casey Gallagher and Kyle Floquet each went 3-for-4 as the second-place Comets warmed up for a 2-game Pacific Coast Conference series with first-place Grossmont by winning at home. Lee went 3-for-4 with a home run, triple, double and 5 RBIs. Gallagher went 3-for-4 with a double. Floquet went 3-for-4 with a steal and a walk. The Comets (21-14, 12-7) host Grossmont on Saturday, April 20, at noon and visit the Griffins on Tuesday, April 23, at 2 p.m. The Comets can move into a tie for first with a sweep.

April 16

SAN DIEGO MESA 10, PALOMAR 9 – The Comets got a 3-for-4 performance from Bryan Lee and 2 hits each from Ralphie Marin, Sean Richardson, Jesse Schmidt and Cliff Hinkle but fell 2 games behind first-place Grost in the Pacific Coast Conference race with 7 to play. Kyle Thompson pitched 3 strong relief innings for Palomar, giinmg up 1 run, striking out 3 and walking 0. The Comets (20-14, 11-7) host Mesa on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

April 11

Game 1

PALOMAR 4, IMPERIAL VALLEY 0 – Robert Anaya threw the Comets' second straight shutout on a 6-hitter in the first game of a Pacific Coast Conference doubleheader at home. Kyle Floquet and Brian Robinson paced a 15-hit attack for Palomar. Floquet went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Robinson also went 3-for-4. Sean Richardson, Jesse Schmidt and Bryan Lee had 2 hits each.

Game 2

IMPERIAL VALLEY 8, PALOMAR 7 (10 Inn.) – Kyle Floquet went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI to conclude a 10-for-19 week, but the Comets missed an opportunity to move into a tie for first place with Grossmont, which fell to San Diego City college again. Cliff Hinkle had 3 hits, includikng his fourth home run. Ralphie Marin added 2 hits and an RBI.

April 9

PALOMAR 2, IMPERIAL VALLEY 0 – Mark Engel pitched a 4-hit shutout, striking out 9 and walking 2, and the Comets closed within a game of first place when PCC-leading Grossmont fell to San Diego City College 18-7. Palomar scored the game's only runs in the eighth inning, putting together Kyle Floquet's leadoff single, a walk to Jesse Schmidt and Brian Robinson's 2-run, opposite-field double to left. Robinson went 2-for-4 and Floquet went 2-for-5 while making 2 spectacular defensive plays.

April 8

PALOMAR 5, SOUTHWESTERN 3 – Trent Holbrook ran his pitching record to 4-0 since March 17 and Keith Albright recorded his fourth save as the Comets moved to within two games of the Pacific Coast Conference lead by winning a rain make-up. Carlos Medina went 2-for-4 for Palomar with his fourth home run, a double and two RBIs. The Comets jumped to a 4-0 first-inning lead after Kyle Floquet, Ralphie Marin, Sean Richardson and Jesse Schmidt opened the game with four consecutive hits and led wire-to-wire. Floquet, at shortstop, and Marin, at third, sparked Palomar defensively. Southwestern center fielder Armando Lara ran into the fence in right-center to catch a 400-foot blast by the Comets' Casey Gallagher, robbing Gallagher of an extra-base hit in the fourth inning.

April 4

SOUTHWESTERN 17, PALOMAR 12 – The Comets got a big performance from Cliff Hinkle, who went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs. But the Jaguars got to 5 Palomar pitchers for 17 hits. Hinkle hit a grand-slam homer in the second inning and a 3-run shot in the third. Carlos Medinda went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Sean Richardson was 2-for-4 with an HR and 2 RBIs and Brian Robinson went 2-for-3.

April 2

PALOMAR 3, SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE 0 – With Cal Poly San Luis Obispo coach Rich Price watching, Mark Engel pitched the Comets to within 1 1/2 games of the Pacific Coast Conference lead, shutting out the Knights at Morley Field. Engel, who signed early with Cal Poly, had a 5-hitter with 2 out and none on in the bottom of the ninth, when City loaded the bases on a walk and 2 singles. Closer Keith Albright came on to retire the final batter and record his third save when left fielder Carlos Medina made a diving catch of Alex Grivich's sinking liner. Sean Richardson went 2-for-4 with a triple for Palomar (17-11, 8-4). Bryan Lee also was 2-for-4. Kyle Floquet and Brian Robinson had the other hits for the Comets. Palomar played outstanding defense in back of Engel all afternoon leading up to Medina's catch, highlighted by big plays by third baseman Ralphie Marin, catcher Keegan Moore and right fielder Ryan King, who gunned down a runner at the plate in the third.

March 26

PALOMAR 6, GOLDEN WEST 3 – Trent Holbrook recorded his third pitching victory for the Comets in eight days, taking a shutout into the ninth inning. Keith Albright came on to pick up his second save. Jeff Cummings went 2-for-3 for Palomar with a double and an RBI. Ralphie Marin slugged his first community college home run. Right fielder Ryan King went up the right field bank to make a key catch of a fly ball in the fourth inning, and catcher Keegan Moore gunned down Joe Burgett, Golden West's leadoff hitter, trying to steal second in the top of the first to set the tone for the game. Moore has thrown out 11 of 14 runners trying to steal this season, including 7 straight.

March 26

GLENDALE 9, PALOMAR 3 – The Comets took a 3-2 lead into the top of the ninth in the second game of the Palomar Easter Series tournament. But the visiting Vaqueros scored 7 runs in the inning, led by a grand-slam home run by Fernando Valenzuela, son of the former Dodgers pitching great. Brian Robinson went 3-for-4 for the Comets with a double and 2 RBIs. Ralphie Marin went 3-for-5 with a double. Kyle Floquet went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Mark Engel took a 6-hitter into the ninth. Palomar (15-11) hosts Golden West on Thursday, March 28, at 10 a.m.

PALOMAR 9, MT. SAC 4 – Robert Anaya pitched a complete-game 7-hitter, striking out 6 and walking 2, as the Comets won in their first game in the Palomar Easter Series. The Comets turned four double plays behind Anaya. . Sean Richardson went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Joe Ramos homered and singled. Jesse Schmidt went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Bryan Lee was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs.

March 23

PALOMAR 8, SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE 7 – Trent Holbrook pitched 6 1/3 innings of 3-hit, 1-run ball in relief to pick up his second victory in 5 days and Kyle Floquet contributed a crucial 3-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Comets rallied for 5 runs to beat the Knights at home. Floquet also had a big-time day defensively at shortstop and Palomar also got big defensive plays from Ralphie Marin at third, Dustin Davis in left, and first baseman Brian Robinson. Marin, Sean Richardson and Cliff Hinkle had multiple-hit games.

March 19

PALOMAR 7, GROSSMONT 5 – The Comets, trailing 5-0, scored 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to beat the Pacific Coast Conference leaders at Myers Field behind the stellar relief pitching of Trent Holbrook and Keith Albright. The Comets (13-9, 6-3) got to Grossmont pitching ace Scott Shoemaker, who has been drafted by the Giants, Mets and Blue Jays the last three summers, for 7 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings as they moved to within 1 1/2 games of first place. They scored their 5 fourth-inning runs on a walk to Jesse Schmidt, Brian Robinson's clutch single after fouling off a series of 0-2 pitches, a walk to Keegan Moore, Bryan Lee's RBI infield single and Cliff Hinkle's grand-slam home run. Lee drove in Robinson with the winning run with a sixth-inning single, and the Comets added an insurance run later in the inning when Kyle Floquet singled off the shortstop's glove and the ball skipped into left field for an error that scored Moore, who was aboard on a walk. Holbrook pitched 4 2/3 innings of 2-hit shutout ball, striking out 4, to pick up the victory. Albright retired the side 1-2-3 in the ninth, striking out 2 of 3 batters, to record the save. Two days later,, the Comets took an 8-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth and list to the Griffins on the road 10-8. Ralphie Marin went 3-for-4 for the Comets with an RBI.

March 14

PALOMAR 7, SAN DIEGO MESA 4 – Jesse Schmidt's 2-run double and Brian Robinson's 2-run homer keyed a 5-run eighth inning that lifted the Comets to a come-from-behind win. Sean Richardson went 3-for-4 for Palomar with a homer, double and 3 RBIs. Schmidt and Kyle Floquet both went 2-for-4, with Floquet making a series of outstanding defensive plays at shortstop. Brian Girgenti pitched 4 innings of no-hit, shutout relief to pick up the win.

March 12

PALOMAR 10, SAN DIEGO MESA 8 – The Comets took over undisputed second place in the Pacific Coast Conference as Kyle Floquet went 3-for-6 with a stolen base and three runs scored. Cliff Hinkle went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Ralphie Marin and Joe Ramos each added two hits. Winning pitcher Mark Engle had a 6-hitter going through 8 innings and the Comets took a 10-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. The Olympians rallied for 7 runs before reliever Keith Albright struck out the final batter. The Comets got a series of outstanding defensive plays from center fielder Sean Richardson, first baseman Brian Robinson and Floquet at shortstop.

March 9

IMPERIAL VALLEY 8, PALOMAR 4 – The Comets got multiple-hit performances from Sean Richardson (2-for-3, home run, 2 RBIs), Ralphie Marin (2-for-5) and Joe Ramos (2-for-5) in defeat.

March 5

SOUTHWESTERN 11, PALOMAR 5 – Kyle Floquet went 4-for-4 for the Comets with a double, RBI, walk and a big play defensively at shortstop to cut down a runner at the plate on a relay from deep left field in the eighth inning. But the visiting Jaguars held on to win as Palomar stranded 11 and hit into 4 double plays. Palomar also was hurt by walks and wild pitches. Brian Robinson (3-for-5, 2 doubles, RBI), Carlos Medina (3-for-4, 2 doubles) and Sean Richardson (3-for-5, double, RBI) also had big days but the Comets wasted 17 hits.

March 2

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE 9, PALOMAR 6 – The visiting Comets, alone in first place in the Pacific Coast Conference by themselves entering the game, saw their win streak end at five games. Kyle Floquet led Palomar by golng 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs.

Feb. 27

PALOMAR 10, GROSSMONT 5 – The visiting Comets knocked Grossmont starter and Palomar transfer Andy Martin out of the game and won their fifth game in a row to take over first place in the Pacific Coast Conference by themselves. Sean Richardson went 3-for-4 with a triple, double, sacrifice fly, steal and 4 RBIs. Carlos Medina homered, singled and drove in 3 runs. The Comets broke a 2-2 tie with three third-inning runs and never looked back. Kyle Floquet led off the third with a single, Ralphie Marin drew a walk and the two executed a double steal. Richardson tripled to drive in Floquet and Marin. Richardson scored on Casey Gallagher's sacrifice fly. Trent Holbrook notched a save in relief of starter and winner Jon Fleming (3-0) with three shutout innings. Palomar (10-6, 3-0) next plays San Diego City College at noon Saturday, March 6, at Morley Field in San Diego.

Feb. 26

PALOMAR 9, SAN DIEGO MESA 3 – Joe Ramos went 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs as the Comets supported winning pitcher Mark Engle with 14 hits en route to their fourth win in a row. Ralphie Marin, Jeff Cummings, Brian Robinson and Carlos Medina also had multiple-hit games. Engle pitched the first 7 innings, giving up just a pair of unearned runs. In their last 29 innings, the Comets have scored 42 runs on 52 hits.

Feb. 21

PALOMAR 13 IMPERIAL VALLEY 4 – Sean Richardson went 3-for-5, Kyle Floquet went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and Jeff Cummings slugged a grand-slam home run as the Comets rocked the Arabs in their Pacific Coast Conference opener. Joe Ramos and Keegan Moore also had multiple-hit games. Starter and winner Jon Fleming (2-0) gave up zero earned runs in 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking 1, in lowering his ERA to 2.89 for 28 innings. In its last 21 innings, Palomar has banged out 38 hits and scored 34 runs.

Feb. 20

PALOMAR 12, ORANGE COAST 6 – Host Coast brought a 10-1 record into the game and there were 15 Major League scouts on hand to watch the Pirates' highly-touted pitching ace, Scott Beerer, face the Comets. But Palomar chased Beerer during a nine-run fifth inning and continued on to a convincing upset win. Jesse Schmidt (3-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and Kyle Floquet (3-for-5, double, RBI) paced a 13-hit attack for the Comets. Ralphie Marin and Joe Ramos added two hits each. Mark Engle, Brian Holbrook and Keith Albright – the Comets' starter, third pitcher of the day and closer, respectively – all pitched effectively against one of the State's best hitting clubs.

Feb. 16

PALOMAR 10, IRVINE VALLEY 6 – Detroit Tigers draft pick Sean Richardson slugged a 2-run homer to highlight a 5-run fifth inning as the Comets won in the Palomar Tournament. Palomar also got a triple from Keegan Moore and RBI singles from Kyle Floquet, Joe Ramos and Brian Robinson in the inning. Ralphie Marin and Ramos each had 3 hits to highlight a 15-hit attack. Carlos Medina homered. Starter and winner Jon Fleming threw 7 innings of 4-hit ball, striking out 8.

Feb. 14-15

PALOMAR TOURNAMENT – The Comets fell to Siskiyous 10-8 in 11 innings, to Irvine Valley 9-5 and to Siskiyous again 5-4 in their first three tournament games. Sean Richardson (3-for-6 with a 2-run HR), and Jesse Schmidt (2-5) led Palomar in the first Siskiyous game. Richardson drove in 2 runs vs. Irvine Valley. Ralphie Marin, Richardson and Dustin Davis had two hits each in the second Siskiyous game. In that game, Palomar fell behind by 4 runs early, but eventually closed to within a run in the bottom of the ninth when Kyle Floquet singled, Marin was hit by a pitch and Richardson singled to score Floquet. Bryan Lee, the next batter, walked but the Comets left the bases loaded.

Feb. 12

PALOMAR 12, GOLDEN WEST 6 – Carlos Medina went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, 2 RBIs and a big game defensively in center field as the Comets rocked the Rustlers in a nonconference game on the road. Bryan Lee, the brother of Florida Marlins first baseman Derrek Lee, also was 3-5 with 2 RBIs. Ralphie Marin, Sean Richardson, Jesse Schmidt and Jeff Cummings had 2 hits each as Palomar banged out 15 hits. Beau Upchurch, the second of five Palomar pitchers, threw 4 innings of 1-hit, shutout ball to get the win. Closer Keith Albright blew away Golden West in the bottom of the ninth, getting 3 outs via strikeouts.

Feb. 10

SADDLEBACK 5, PALOMAR 4 – For the second day in a row, one bad defensive inning resulted in a one-run loss to an unbeaten state-ranked team on the road as the Gauchos (8-0) won in the Guaranty Chevrolet Classic. Palomar made all 4 of its errors in the sixth, when Saddleback scored 5 unearned runs. Sean Richardson (3-for-4, RBI) gave the Comets a 1-0 lead in the second when he singled and scored on a single by Keegan Moore (2-3, RBI). Palomar put together singles by Kyle Floquet, Ralphie Marin, Ramos and Richardson to make it 3-0 in the third inning. Kevin Clausen, Robert Anaya, Brian Girgenti and Beau Upchurch pitched a 4-hitter in defeat.

Feb. 9

CYPRESS 4, PALOMAR 3 – The State's fifth-ranked team had to rally for a run in the seventh inning and a pair of unearned runs in the eighth to down the Comets in the Guaranty Chevrolet Classic at Cypress. Carlos Medina's 2-run double and Kyle Floquet's RBI single highlighted a 3-run seventh inning that put Palomar on top 3-1. Floquet led the Comets by going 2-for-4 with the RBI. Mark Engle pitched 7 2/3 strong innings for Palomar and gave up only 2 earned runs. Cypress stayed unbeaten at 7-0.

PALOMAR 9, LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE 5– The Comets (4-1) won at Long Beach in the Guaranty Chevrolet Classic as Jesse Schmidt went 2-for-4 and drove in 3 runs in support of winning pitcher Kyle Thompson (1-0). Kyle Floquet went 2-4 with a stolen base and Ralphie Marin also was 2-4. This came a day after Golden West scored 3 eighth-inning runs to down Palomar 4-1 at Golden West in the same tournament. Floquet, Marin and Ramos had the Comets' only hits.

Feb. 3

PALOMAR 9, L.A. PIERCE 5– The Comets (3-0) scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to capture the title in the Palomar Invitational. Kyle Floquet doubled off the left field fence and Ralphie Marin drove in the tying and winning runs with a single to ignite the inning. In the process, the Comets gave Keith Albright, who retired all five batters he faced, the pitching win. Sean Richardson led Palomar by going 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Floquet, Marin and Joe Ramos all went 2-4 and Casey Gallagher was 2-5 as the Comets handed Pierce its first loss of the season. Palomar pulled off a key defensive play in the fourth when a relay from center fielder Richardson to shortstop Floquet to catcher Keegan Moore cut down a runner at the plate.

Feb. 2

PALOMAR 9, CANADA 4 – Returning All-State second-team selection Kyle Floquet went 3-for-4 with a 2-run double as the Comets won again in the Palomar Invitational. The Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Floquet's leadoff single, a passed ball, Ralphie Marin's RBI single, Joe Ramos' 2-run HR, a single by Kyle Thompson and Brian Robinson's RBI double. After the Colts from Redwood City, CA closed a big Palomar lead to 7-3, Floquet's eighth-inning double to right-center field, Palomar's 14th hit of the day, drove in two runs and put the game away. Mark Engle pitched the first seven innings to record the victory. He scattered seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Robinson also went 3-4 and Ramos drove in 4 runs.

Feb. 1

PALOMAR 7, COHCHISE (ARIZ.) 2 – Sean Richardson, a freshman from Vista High School who was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the June 2001 draft, went 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 doubles and 2 RBIs as the Comets opened the season with a win in the Palomar Invitational. Ralphie Marin Jesse Schmidt and Jeff Cummings each hit safely twice as the Comets banged out 12 hits off two Cochise pitchers. Palomar's Jon Fleming, Robert Anaya (winner, 1-0) and Trent Hollbrook combined to throw a 5-hitter, striking out 8. Hollbrook got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by getting Cochise's Nate Tunnell to hit into a double play from shortstop Kyle Floquet to second baseman Joe Ramos to first baseman Brian Robinson. The Apaches came into the game with a 3-1 record.

 

Richardson Signs With U. of Kansas
Palomar College catcher-center fielder Sean Richardson signed an NCAA letter of intent Wednesday, November 13, to play baseball in 2004 for Kansas in the Big 12 Conference.

Richardson, who will be a sophomore for Palomar this spring, batted .382 for the Comets as a freshman last season with 14 doubles, eight triples, six home runs and 47 RBIs. He was Palomar's second leading hitter behind Kyle Floquet, who is now plays shortstop at San Diego State.

Richardson led the 2002 Comets in hits, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage. He was a first-team all-Pacific Coast Conference selection and was Palomar's MVP. He is currently under control of the Detroit Tigers, who drafted himin both June 2001 and June 2002.

At Kansas, he'll play for recently-named head coach Ritch Price, who recruited Palomar heavily as coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Richardson previously starred at Vista High School, where he played baseball for former Palomar pitching coach Rick Lepire and was the starting quarterback in football under coach Chris Hauser, a former Palomar defensive back.

Ex-Comets Currently in 4-year College Baseball

PLAYER, POSITION

4-YEAR COLLEGE

PALOMAR SOPH. YEAR

Kyle Floquet, shortstop

San Diego State

2002

Jesse Schmidt, outfield

Sacramento State

2002

Cliff Hinkle, second base

Sacramento State

2002

Brian Clausen, pitcher

University of Portland

2002

Keegan Moore, catcher

San Francisco State

2002

Keith Albright, pitcher

San Francisco State

2002

Ralphie Marin, second base/third

Point Loma Nazarene

2002

Dustin Davis, third base

Point Loma Nazarene

2002

Brian Girgenti, pitcher

Bloomfield State (N.J.)

2002

Steve Guthrie, third base

UC Irvine

2001

Skip Adams, second base

Florida International

2001

Eric Human, pitcher

San Diego State

2001

Paul Sweeney, pitcher

Pittsburgh State (KA)

2001

Matt Woychak, pitcher

Point Loma Nazarene

2001

Greg Sandifer, pitcher

Cal Lutheran

2001

Jason Wonderlich, outfield

Northwest Nazarene

2001

Ex-Comets Currently in Pro Baseball

PLAYER, POSITION

ORGANIZATION

LEVEL

Jeff Nettles, third base

New York Yankees

AAA

Will Flynt, pitcher

Cancoon (Mexican League)

AAA

Jake Guzman, catcher

Kansas City Royals

A

Ryan Larson, third base

Houston Astros

A

Greg Bochy, pitcher

San Diego Padres

A

Gera Alvarez, shortstop

Baltimore Orioles

A

Garry Templeton, outfield

Long Beach (Western League)

Ind.

Phil Thompson, outfield

Gary, Ind. (Northern League)

Ind.

Coaching, Scouting

Randy Johnson, Scout

Oakland A's

(Played Major League Baseball with Atlanta Braves)

Jason McLeod, Scout

San Diego Padres

Darren Balsley, Pitching Coach

San Diego Padres

AA

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