Summer Collegiate Baseball: Mathias twice reaches base for USA

sports@thetribunenews.comJuly 2, 2014 

Cal Poly’s Mark Mathias was 1 for 4 with a run and a walk as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team avenged Tuesday night’s tie with a 6-2 win over Chinese Taipei in game two of a five-game series Wednesday at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.

Mathias stayed at third base for the second straight game, but was moved from the leadoff spot to third in the batting order. The Big West Field Player of the Year hit a one-out single to center in the sixth inning and drew a walk in the eighth, scoring on Bryan Reynolds’ grand slam.

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Offense leads Blues past Expos 

The San Luis Obispo Blues got at least one hit from every member of the starting lineup, including a 3 for 3 performance by No. 8 hitter Andrew Schmidt, in a 10-5 summer collegiate baseball win over the California Expos in the opening game of the San Luis Obispo Blues Invitational at SLO Stadium.

Schmidt, Joel Atkinson, Zack Zehner and Collin Ferguson each had multiple hits for San Luis Obispo (21-9), which trailed 5-2 before scoring once in both the fifth and eighth innings and three times in the sixth and seventh.

Schmidt, Zehner and Erik Lewis each drove in a pair of runs, and Jeff Moberg, Austin O’Brien, Schmidt and Atkinson all scored twice. 

Zach Merciez got the win on the mound, replacing starter Ty Damron, who allowed all five runs — four earned — on three hits and one walk in 32⁄3 innings. Merciez threw 21⁄3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. David Gonzalez, Blake Whitter and Kyle Brown each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Both teams scored once in the second and third innings before the Expos (11-2-1) put together a three-run fourth. The Blues took the lead for good when Ferguson singled home Moberg in the sixth.

The Blues host the Expos at 6 p.m. with a fireworks show following the game.

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North County tops Bakersfield again

Steve Pico was 3 for 4 and Mac Stuart drove in a pair of runs as the North County Indians defeated the Bakersfield Braves for the third straight day, 5-3, in Templeton.

The Indians (16-6) broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the fourth inning and added an insurance tally in the eighth to earn their seventh straight win.

Pico scored twice, and Paso Robles’ Davey Casciola and Templeton’s Andy Garretson both drove in a run.

Cuesta College’s James Kannenberg earned the win with 22⁄3 innings of scoreless relief and a pair of strikeouts. Cal Poly recruit Erich Uehlman pitched a perfect ninth to get the save. 

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