Santa Barbara scored three unearned runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game, and the Foresters went on to a 7-0 win over the San Luis Obispo Blues on Sunday in a summer collegiate baseball game.
After the Blues won the series opener, the Foresters (10-2, 6-2 California Collegiate League) won the next two and increased their lead over the Blues (8-4, 5-4) to 1 1⁄2 games.
“They only gained one game on us,” Blues coach Chal Fanning said. “We did all right in a road series.”
Blues starter Tom Barry pitched five innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run while striking out six. Barry (2-1) walked four.
“Tom Barry threw the ball real well for us,” Fanning said. “It was nip and tuck; it was close through five. Then one error, and they break it open.
“Against a good club like Santa Barbara, you can’t give them any extra outs. Good teams capitalize on it,” he said.
The Blues trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth when a two-out error allowed a run to score, and then Derek Legg followed with a two-run single off Michael Holback to give the Foresters a 5-0 lead.
The Blues only managed three hits.
San Luis Obispo returns home today with the first of three against the MLB Academy Barons. Left-hander Carlos Rodriguez, a 20th-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Baseball draft this year, will start for the Blues in the opener.