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Vaqueros down Cuesta 8-6, take sole possession of first

Tyler Rosen hit his second homer in the last three games, a three-run shot that cut the deficit to 4-3 in the third. The Vaqueros (18-11, 9-4) moved into sole possession of first in the WSC North. (Photo by Dave Loveton)
Tyler Rosen hit his second homer in the last three games, a three-run shot that cut the deficit to 4-3 in the third. The Vaqueros (18-11, 9-4) moved into sole possession of first in the WSC North. (Photo by Dave Loveton)

Tyler Rosen slammed a three-run homer and Mitchell Sancier was 2-4 with two RBIs on Tuesday, guiding SBCC to an 8-6 baseball win at Cuesta that moved the Vaqueros into sole possession of first in the WSC North.

The Vaqueros (18-11, 9-4), ranked No. 12 in Southern Cal, won their fourth in a row. Moorpark and Cuesta (13-17, 8-5) are tied for second and Ventura is fourth at 7-6. SBCC has outscored its last four opponents 34-18.

The Vaqueros fell behind 4-0 after two innings, then Rosen unloaded his fourth homer in the third after Reinhard Lautz reached on an error and John Jensen singled. SBCC went ahead 5-4 in the fifth on a pair of unearned runs.

Rosen, a sophomore outfielder from Palos Verdes High, has two homers in the last three games. He leads Santa Barbara with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

Elliott Reece (3-1) got the pitching win, giving up four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Connor Brewster got three flyouts in the ninth to earn his first save.

Andrew Schatz had a double and two RBIs for the Vaqueros, who stretched the lead to 8-4 in the seventh on an RBI double by Schatz, an RBI single by Sancier and a wild pitch that scored Sancier.

The Vaqueros will host Cuesta on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.