SANTA BARBARA & SAN LUIS OBISPO – The SBCC baseball team won two straight games over the weekend, defeating Cuesta 4-3 in walk-off fashion at home on Friday and winning at Oxnard 3-1 on Saturday.
The Vaqueros improve to 11-4 overall and 2-3 in Western State Conference play.
SBCC 4, Cuesta 3
Santa Barbara got a come-from-behind victory against Cuesta (8-7-1), scoring the final three runs of the game to steal the 4-3 win late.
After giving up two early runs, the Vaqueros got things started with an RBI double down the left field line by second baseman Daniel Ghiorso, as Sebastian Arguelles put them on board. The Cougars later scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh to go up 3-1.
Heading into the bottom of the eighth, SBCC had been held without a hit for two straight innings. Presley Kosciusko ended that with a single to left and Patrick Walsh followed with a single through the right side. Carson Cahoy then knocked a single up the middle and Kosciusko scored to bring SBCC within one run. After stealing third, Walsh would score the tying run on a passed ball.
Arguelles, who scored the Vaqueros' first run, would also score their last. He singled to right field in the bottom of the ninth before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Matty Fung drew an intentional walk, and facing one out, Ghiorso would apply the finishing touches, singling through the left side to bring in the winning run.
SBCC ended the game with an 11-7 edge in hits, led by Arguelles with three. Pitcher Charlie Adamson got the win closing out the final two innings without conceding a hit or a walk.
SBCC 3, Oxnard 1
The next day, the Vaqueros got another big game out of Ghiorso and Arguelles, who combined for seven of the team's 10 hits on the road. Ghiorso hit a single and scored the opening run on a JP Boyle single in the top of the first. Oxnard tied it in the bottom of the inning.
Ghiorso and Walsh both nabbed RBIs in the top of the fifth. Daniel Hirose scored the go-ahead run and Ghiorso was credited with a second run on Walsh's RBI.
SBCC's defense was great down the stretch, holding Oxnard to fewer than two hits in each of the last six innings and giving up just three total over that stretch. Coleton Dahl got the start and went nearly seven full innings while striking out five batters. Seth White and Adamson allowed just one hit between them the rest of the way.
The Vaqueros look to build on their three-game win streak with a second straight meeting against Oxnard at 2:00 p.m. at Pershing Park.