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Apr 18, 2013 10:05 PM by Andrew Masuda

Ruggles, Hindle lead first place Cuesta by SBCC 14-10

The Cuesta College baseball team remains undefeated in the month of April. The Cougars won their seventh in a row to extend their lead in the Western State Conference to two games with a 14-10 over second place Santa Barbara City College on Thursday at Cuesta.

The Cougars got their bats going in the bottom of the first inning when Marco Murillo ripped a basehit to lead off the frame. He was sacrificed to second and scored on a two out single by Parker Hindle. Paso Robles High graduate Mac Stuart extended the rally with a line drive basehit off the shortstop's glove. Atascadero High graduate Spencer Ruggles cracked a double to the right-center field wall to drive in Hindle and Stuart and give Cuesta a 3-0 lead after one.

Cuesta erupted for 5 more in the second against SBCC starter Brendon Shoemake. Scott Shields, a SLO High graduate, singled to left field and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Andrew Montanari ripped a ground ball that went through the first baseman and down the right field line for a RBI-triple. Hindle smoked a 2-run double by the diving third baseman to make it 7-0 Cougars. The Cuesta catcher later scored on a shot that hit off the left field wall by Stuart.

Cuesta built a 14-1 lead after four innings and then held on for the victory.

The Cougars collected 17 hits and drew 8 walks. Hindle went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Stuart finished with 3 hits and Ruggles went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI. Shields, Nicolas Rosso, Murillo and Domingues also had 2 hits each.

Cuesta ace Andrew Nelson earned the win to improve to 9-4. He allowed 6 runs, 5 of those were earned, and scattered 6 hits in 7 innings of work. He struck out 5 and walked 3 Vaqueros. The Vaqueros scored 4 times in the ninth inning against Sean Mullen.

Zachary Zehner led the Vaqueros with a 3-run home run in the fifth inning. Brett Sesma and Zehner had 2 hits apiece to lead SBCC, which finished with 9 overall.

Cuesta goes for its 8th-straight win on Saturday at Ventura. The Cougars host the Pirates next Tuesday at 2:30 pm.

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