Barons get only three hits but top Blues

Despite allowing just three hits, the San Luis Obispo Blues fell 3-2 to the MLB Urban Academy Barons on Tuesday in Compton in a summer collegiate baseball game.

The Blues (23-14, 17-10 California Collegiate League) mustered just four hits of their own, including a double by catcher Rafael Neda that started a two-run second-inning rally, producing San Luis Obispo’s only runs.

After a Cory Burleson single and an RBI groundout by Dylan Gavin, Burleson scored on a wild pitch to give the Blues a 2-0 lead.

But the Barons (19-15, 15-13) limited San Luis Obispo to just two singles the rest of the way and chipped away, scoring two runs off Cuesta College pitcher Cory Ginther.

Joe Pond took the loss for the Blues without allowing a hit, giving up an unearned run in two innings with two walks.A.J. Robinson and Mike Kindel had the other hits for San Luis Obispo.

Santa Barbara Foresters 9, San Luis Obispo Rattlers 3

Nipomo High graduate Jeff McNeil had two hits and scored a run to help the Foresters (30-7, 20-5 CCL) eliminate the Rattlers from the league title picture.

Daniel Howell had a double among his two hits and an RBI for the Rattlers (17-19, 7-18).

Cuesta’s Michael Nielbeck pitched three innings of scoreless relief after Santa Barbara mustered six runs in the third inning off starter Todd Simko.

Bobby Buckner had a single and an RBI for San Luis Obispo.