Wrapping up a summer collegiate baseball series where their pitching staff allowed only two total runs, the San Luis Obispo Blues moved back into first place and ended up taking two of three from the California Collegiate League rival Santa Barbara Foresters with a 2-0 win Thursday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in Santa Barbara.
Starter Will Cox allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five through eight innings, and closer Daniel Mengden got the save with a scoreless ninth to make a two-run second-inning rally hold up.
Blues centerfielder Austin Grisham doubled with one out and stole third in the second. He scored on a two-out single by Nick Flair, and Cody Dufrene made it a two-run cushion after walking and coming around to score on a throwing error by Foresters shortstop Cal Vogelsang.
The victory moved the Blues (13-5, 8-3 CCL) ahead of the Foresters (11-7, 6-3) in the CCL standings after the teams traded places at the top after each of the first two games.
The Blues took a 4-1 victory to open the series before the Foresters outlasted them for a 1-0 victory in 10 innings Wednesday.
The Blues return to SLO Stadium today and will play 11 of their next 12 games at home before hosting a tournament on the first weekend in July.
RATTLERS 9, REDS 0
Marc Flores smashed two home runs to lead the San Luis Obispo Rattlers to a victory over the Santa Maria Reds at SLO Stadium. Besides hitting his sixth and seventh homer of the summer, Flores also finished with three RBI and three runs scored.
He hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Rattlers (15-6) a 4-0 lead before San Luis Obispo knocked in four more runs in the fourth to sweep the three-game series over the Reds.
Flores also had a solo homer in the eighth.
Brian Brademan went 2 for 4 with three RBI and a double, and starting pitcher Jeff Bench went six innings with no runs and two strikeouts for the Rattlers, who captured their fourth straight win.