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Mar 13, 2013 1:35 AM by Andrew Masuda

Cuesta baseball and softball score walk-off conference wins

Andrew Montanari scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to deliver a 4-3 come-from-behind, walk-off victory for the Cuesta baseball team over visiting LA Pierce College on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cougars evened their Western State Conference mark to 2-2 and are 8-9 overall. Pierce dropped to 0-4 in league.

The Cougars committed three errors in the first two innings to give the Brahmas an early 3-1 lead. Andrew Nelson settled down the rest of the way to throw a complete game for the Cougars. He struck out 6 and allowed just 1 earned run on the day.

Cuesta's offense came around in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trailing 3-2, SLO High graduate Scott Shields singled to lead off the inning. He moved to third on an errant pick-off play and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nicolas Rosso.

Montanari led off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the righ tfield line and moved to third on a sacrifice by Marco Murillo. He scored on a wild pitch to complete the comeback.

Murillo, Montanari and Steve Herting were all 2 for 4 with a run scored on the day.

Cuesta plays at Santa Barbara on Thursday at 2:30 pm and hosts the Vaqueros Saturday at 1 pm.

The Cuesta softball team overcame a late 7-5 deficit to win a walk-off thriller 8-7 over visiting Moorpark. The Cougars are now 3-0 in Western State Conference play and 10-12 overall.

Summer Best singled to score Kryn Masutani to complete the walk-off and complete the walk-off victory. Masutani was 3 for 5 on the day with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Celine Blanco threw 3 shutout innings of relief to earn the win for Cuesta. The Cougars host Santa Barbara City College on Thursday in a doubleheader at 1pm and 3 pm.

Nathalia Powell threw a 5-hit shutout, clubbed a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Allan Hancock College softball team to a 7-0 win at Santa Barbara City on Tuesday.

Powell struck out 4 and walked 4 to earn the win to improve to 6-3 in the circle. She singled home the first run of the game in the first inning before she smacked a 2-run home run in the fifth inning. She went 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBI.

Michaela Valencia led the Bulldogs' 12-hit attack with a 4 for 4 performance at the plate with 3 runs scored. Kristine Ramos and Tawny Nunes each went 2 for 4, while Nunes finished with 2 RBI.

The Bulldogs captured their first Western State Conference victory of the season to improve to 1-2 in league and 10-7 overall. The Vaqueros fell to 5-11 on the season and 2-1 in WSC play.

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