Apr 13, 2013 9:09 PM by Bill Halter

Cuesta and Santa Barbara City stay in 1st place tie

The Cuesta baseball team won a home game against L.A. Pierce and Santa Barbara City College won a home game against Hancock on Saturday. The Cougars and Vaqueros remain in a first place tie in the Western State Conference at 9-5.

Cuesta won a fifth straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Brahmas. Cougars sophomore pitcher Andrew Nelson threw a complete game one-hitter while allowing just one un-earned run. The right-hander struck out seven. Nelson has been dominant against the WSC and is 6-1 with a 1.73 ERA versus conference opponents. He is 8-4 overall with a 2.60 ERA.

Second Baseman Marco Murillo led Cuesta offensively by going 3-4 at the plate and scoring a pair of runs.

The Cougars are now 15-15 overall, back at the .500 mark for the first time since February 22. Cuesta is trying to defend its 2012 WSC crown and reach the post-season for the 18th straight season. The Cougars have six games left in the regular season starting on Tuesday at Santa Barbara.

The game will be for first place because the Vaqueros beat Hancock, 9-4. Santa Barbara jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the fourth inning and held on from there. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 5-9 in the conference and 13-17 overall. The Vaqueros improve to 17-13 overall.

After playing in Santa Barbara on Tuesday the Cougars and Vaqueros will play in San Luis Obispo on Thursday.



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