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Apr 30, 2013 12:44 AM by Andrew Masuda

Red-hot Cougars feel confident headed into postseason

Riding an 11 game winning streak, the Cuesta College baseball team is feeling good headed into the program's 18th-consecutive playoff appearance.

The Cougars practiced on Monday ahead of their Southern California Regional playoff opener on Friday. Cuesta, the Western State Conference champion, received the 8th seed in the regional and hosts #9 Cypress in a best of 3 series.

Cypress beat Cuesta during the Cougars' Spring Tournament 9-4 on March 26. However, that was a much different Cuesta team. The Cougars went 0-3 in their tournament before starting their current 11 game winning streak.

"You want to be playing your best baseball this time of the year and by all indications that's what we're doing being on an 11 game winning streak. But we know Cypress is a very good team. We've seen them a lot in the last couple of years," said Cuesta head coach Bob Miller. He credits the team's starting pitchers Andrew Nelson and Lompoc High graduate Lucas Martin for the team's turn around.

"The confidence is through the roof. Our team isn't lacking any confidence. And all of us are just coming along and about to have some fun," said Martin, who enters the postseason with a 7-4 record and 3.21 ERA in 101 innings pitched as a freshman.

Game one of the series is Friday at 2pm at Cuesta. Game two is set for Saturday at 11 am, with the third game, if needed, to follow.

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