Timely power hitting and an array of pitchers carried the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 6-1 summer collegiate baseball win over the Santa Maria Valley Packers on Wednesday night at John Osborne Field.
The nonleague road win, which came a night after a 10-2 loss to the MLB Urban Academy Barons in Compton, capped a marathon stretch of the schedule for the Blues, who were playing for the 15th time in 14 days.
San Luis Obispo (17-6), which is ranked 20th in the country by PerfectGame.org, is off today before hosting a three-game series against the Menlo Park Legends at Sinsheimer Park beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We played well,” Blues manager Chal Fanning said, calling the brief rest “well deserved.”
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The Blues led 3-1 entering the eighth inning Wednesday before Dylan Gavin, an infielder coming into his junior year at Oregon, hit a two-run homer to left-center field. Meanwhile, six San Luis Obispo pitchers combined to two-hit the Packers (11-12).
Paul Twining got the start, giving up both hits while tossing four innings of one-run ball. He had five strikeouts and walked one batter.
After that, Michael Holback (1-0), Lars Liguori, Dylan Mendoza, Kyle Martin and Vince Wheeland threw one hitless inning apiece. The quintet of relievers combined for seven strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Martin, from Texas A&M, just joined the club after the Aggies’ College World Series run.
“We got a lot of guys some work,” Fanning said. “They’re all very talented, and we’re going to get better on the mound as the season progresses.”
Gavin finished the game 2 for 5. Jo Jo Sharrar added a 1-for-4, two-RBI performance for the Blues.