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Jun 22, 2013 1:34 AM by Andrew Masuda

Blues come-from-behind again 8-4, reclaim first place

For the second game in a row, a rally in the sixth inning propelled the Blues to a come-from-behind victory as San Luis Obispo beat the Santa Paula Halos 8-4 in Sinsheimer Stadium on Friday night. The 8th ranked Blues improved to 14-0 at home this summer and 19-4 overall. San Luis Obispo regained first place in the California Collegiate League North Division by improving to 8-4 in league, while the Halos dropped to second place at 5-3 in CCL action.

The Blues scored three times in the bottom of the third inning to take the early lead thanks to a 2-run, 2-out double from Daniel Garner and a RBI single from Cody Jones.

The Halos got one back in the fourth with a solo home run by Ryan Xepoleas. Then in the top of the sixth, the first six batters reached base safely against Blues relief pitcher Corey Ray, a junior out of Texas A&M. Santa Paula claimed their first lead of the game 4-3 with a 3 run outburst against Ray.

That's when the Blues rallied in the bottom half thanks to the bat of Sean Ullrich. The Missouri sophomore clubbed a solo home run over the left-center field wall to tie the game 4-4. It marked the second game in a row the outfielder hit a solo home run to spark a game-winning rally in the sixth inning.

Blake Allemand followed with a basehit and Cuesta Cuesta product Zach Dominguez reached base safely on a wild throw to first by the shortstop that allowed both players to advance. Then with one out, first baseman Derek Miller delivered the go-ahead hit with a 2-run single to centerfield to score Allemand and Dominguez and put the Blues back on top 6-4. The Blues added another run to cap a 4-run rally.

Ullrich , Miller and Aaron Attaway had 2 hits each for the Blues. Attaway recorded 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

The Halos tallied 10 hits and drew 6 walks from Blues pitchers. However, they left the bases loaded three times in the loss.

The Blues host the Laguna Beach Legends Saturday night at 6pm and at 1pm on Sunday.

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