The San Luis Obispo Blues summer collegiate baseball team was held to four hits Saturday morning in falling 2-1 to the Hutchinson (Kan.) Monarchs in the opening game for both teams at the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan.
The Blues (38-20) will play a loser-out game this morning at 8:30 a.m. in the double-elimination tournament. San Luis Obispo went 1-2 at last year’s national tournament.
Monarchs pitchers Justin Jewell and Jean Acevado shut down the Blues. Jewell pitched the first five innings, allowing three hits, the Blues’ only run, three walks and struck out three. Acevado was even more dominant over the final four innings to earn the win, allowing one hit, one walk and struck out five.
San Luis Obispo’s four hits came from the seventh-, eighth- and ninth-place hitters in the lineup.
Andrew Lee was 2 for 4 with a run, and Derek Miller and Bryan Case had the other two hits.
Corey Ray pitched the first seven innings for San Luis Obispo, allowing five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out seven.
The Monarchs scored first in the bottom of the fourth before the Blues tied it in the top of the fifth, only to see the Monarchs close out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth.
Five different players had Hutchinson’s five hits.
There were no extra-base hits in the game.