The San Luis Obispo Blues got a three-hit shutout from Trevor Fitts to stay alive in the National Baseball Congress World Series on Monday in Wichita, Kan.
Fitts, a Mississippi State right-hander who started Game 1 of the College World Series finals against UCLA, had three strikeouts and walked one in nine scoreless innings to lead the Blues to a 4-0 victory over the Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
“(Fitts) was outstanding,” Blues coach Chal Fanning said in a phone interview. “It was must-win or go home. He really was our leader. They were aggressive at the plate, and that enabled him to keep his pitch count down in 100-degree weather with a lot of humidity.”
Blues third baseman Jimmy Allen of Cal Poly went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI, and San Luis Obispo’s Blake Allemand was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Aaron Attaway singled and scored a run for the Blues, who had six hits as a team.
The Blues (39-20) advanced to take on the Valley Center (Kan.) Diamond Dawgs at 2 p.m. today in another elimination game at the double-elimination tournament.
The Blues will start Andrew Lee today.
Fanning said the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium field is a large one and, coupled with the humidity, offense is hard to come by.
“He’s got to go into it with a shutout mentality,” Fanning said of Lee, a right-hander from Tennessee. “Hopefully, we’ll strike first offensively.”