The San Luis Obispo Blues ended their summer collegiate baseball season Wednesday with an 8-2 loss to the Wellington (Kan.) Heat at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.
The Blues (40-21) went 2-2 in the double-elimination tournament.
San Luis Obispo used seven pitchers, and gave up four runs in the first inning and another four in the eighth.
Starter Matt Lynch lasted only two-thirds of an inning and was charged with four earned runs to open the game.
Five Blues pitchers held the Heat scoreless, including Blake Whitter, who threw 3 1⁄3 innings without allowing a run, tallying two strikeouts.
But after allowing only three runs in the first three games combined, the Blues couldn’t cool off the Heat bats. Wellington racked up 11 hits and advanced to the tournament’s semifinal round.
“We got into a hole and never really recovered,” Blues coach Chal Fanning said. “I think part of it’s a byproduct of losing some guys (to injuries) and having to staff it differently than we might have.”
Fanning might have started Travis Evans, Jordan Smith, Grayson Long or Tyler Powell. But he said the injury bug hit and those players didn’t make the trip to Wichita.
Shortstop Aaron Attaway went 2 for 4 in the contest, as did designated hitter Taylor Anderson, who also notched an RBI.
Cal Poly’s Jimmy Allen also had an RBI for the Blues but went hitless on the day.
The Blues finished their season fourth in the California Coastal League after finishing second in the North Division and improved on their 1-2 showing at the NBC World Series last year.
“Overall it was a good season,” Fanning said. “The fans were treated to good baseball. As an organization, it was another successful year. It’s unfortunate we bowed out the way we did, but we had a definite bright side to the season. Not too many teams are going to win 40 games.”