College Sports

SLO Blues blast Barons in road doubleheader

The San Luis Obispo Blues scored a combined 13 runs to win both games of a summer collegiate baseball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against the Academy Barons in Compton.

Oklahoma State’s Ryan Sluder and Corey Hassel had three hits each in game one to lead the Blues to a convincing 10-3 win.

Arkansas’ Cannon Chadwick struck out five and surrendered just one run, a solo homer, during six innings of work. Eight Blues players had a hit as the team racked up 13 in the game.

Game two was much tighter, but the Blues (23-8, 11-6 California Collegiate League) hung on for a 3-2 win thanks to timely hitting and a solid bullpen.

A first-inning RBI single from Dustin Williams scored his Oklahoma State teammate Sluder, and strong pitching kept the Blues in front the whole way.

Starting his third gamer, left-handed Western Carolina pitcher Bryan Sammons improved to 2-0 by allowing one run on six hits and four strikeouts in five innings.

Reliever Jackson Sigman gave up one run, but Kyle Pate and Adam Atkins didn’t allow any in the final two innings to seal the victory over the Barons (11-12, 5-9 CCL).

It was Atkins’ third save of the year and completed the first CCL series sweep for the Blues this season.

With a 5-for-7, three-RBI-performance, Hassel now leads the Blues this season with a .382 batting average.