Jul 3, 2013 12:39 AM by Andrew Masuda
Cal Poly senior-to-be Jimmy Allen drove in five runs as part of a 9-run sixth inning to the lead the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 10-4 win over Santa Paula in Sinsheimer Stadium on Tuesday night. The 4th ranked Blues reclaimed sole possession of first place in the California Collegiate League's North Division and bounced back from an extra inning loss to the Halos on Monday night.
The Blues improved to 13-7 in CCL play and 26-8 overall, while Santa Paula dropped to 12-8 in league and 19-8 for the season.
The Blues trailed 2-1 to start the bottom of the sixth inning when Blake Allemand doubled down the first base line and Taylor Anderson walked. They moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch and scored on Allen's bloop basehit to shallow left-center field to give the Blues a 3-2 lead. It started a nine run inning where the Blues sent 13 men to the plate. Aaron Attaway and Cody Jones hit RBI-singles to make it a 5-2 lead and Will Maddux's sacrifice bunt was thrown away by the pitcher to allow another run to score. Jones later scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-2 Blues lead.
Allen came to bat again with the bases loaded in the sixth and the third baseman hammered a pitch high off the left-field wall. He just missed a grand slam by a few inches and settled for a 3-run double. Allen had 2 hits and 5 RBI in the 9-run inning that staked the Blues to a 10-2 lead.
Left-hander Travis Evans out of TCU threw 7 sold innings for the Blues to earn the victory. He scattered 6 hits and 2 runs and struck out 4.
Seven Blues recorded base hits with Allen the lone Blues player with multiple hits. Anderson went 1 for 1 with 3 runs scored. He scored the Blues' first run in the first inning after he walked, stole second and scored on a basehit by Michael Pritchard.
The Blues open their annual Rawlings Cup Tournament on Wednesday. The Santa Maria Packers play Menlo Park at 2pm in the opener at Sinsheimer. The Blues play the Bakersfield Sound at 6pm with a fireworks show to follow.
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