Kyle Wade held Hancock to no runs on four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts on Saturday as Santa Barbara City College blanked the Bulldogs 9-0 in a WSC North baseball game at SBCC’s Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros won their third straight to improve to 17-11 overall, 8-4 in conference and 11-1 at home. They moved into a first-place tie with Cuesta after the Cougars suffered a 1-0 home loss to Moorpark.
Hancock fell to 11-17 and 4-8.
Wade turned in his longest outing of the year.
He pitched the first seven innings and retired 14 of the first 15 batters.
Only four runners reached base.
The Bulldogs got one runner to third when Nash Ackerman and Nate Alcanter both singled in the fifth. Wade got Ryan Peinado to fly out to left to end the inning.
“I felt good. Going into the day I thought it might be one of those days where I’d really have to rely on my command,” said Wade, a 6-2 sophomore right-hander from Chino Hills who’s 3-0 at home with a 1.48 ERA. “I loosened up as the game went on and started to fall back to what I’ve been doing all week. The biggest thing was getting ahead. Coach (Tyler) Heil told us if we can get ahead of these guys (in the count), they’re really not going to have much of a shot.
“I just went out there and competed and everyone made good plays behind me and our bats showed up. It’s a lot easier to throw when you’re up 5-0 and you kind of feed off of our offensive momentum. It’s nice to sit in the dugout and get a break every once in a while.”
Wade is 4-2 for the season and 2-1 in WSC games with a 1.85 ERA. He’s struck out 28 and walked only three in four conference games.
Joseph Hamilton went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs, John Jensen was 2-4 and leadoff hitter Reinhard Lautz had a pair of doubles and two runs.
The Vaqueros went 3-0 for the week and completed a 4-0 conference sweep of the Bulldogs.
Santa Barbara grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.
They added four more in the fourth to boost the lead to 7-0 and added two more runs in the sixth.
SBCC notched its second shutout of the season with David Appleby pitching the last two innings. He struck out four and walked one, boosting the Vaqueros’ strikeout total to 14 for the day.
Arroyo Grande 204, Paso Robles 110
All 20 Arroyo Grande swimmers had at least one seasonal best, and most swam lifetime bests, according to Arroyo Grande coach Claudia Sauder, as the Eagles beat the Bearcats Friday in a PAC 8 League meet at Arroyo Grande.
Arroyo Grande's Paige Leonard swam personal bests as she won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 15.51 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.70. Leonard's 200 IM mark was a consideration time for the CIF Southern Section divisional preliminaries.
Hannah Parson took the 50 freestyle in a lifetime best 24.73 and the 100 freestyle in 54.24. Both times are consideration marks for the divisional prelims. Parson's 50 freestyle mark was a lifetime best and her 100 freestyle mark was a seasonal best.
Sam Hazel won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.23, a consideration time for the divisional prelims.
Leonard, Sarah Kasper, Parson and Mikayla Pock teamed for a win in 1:57.27 in the 200 medley relay. That is a consideration mark for the divisional prelims. Kasper, Pock, Taylor York and Hazel combined to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.74, another consideration mark for the prelims.
Hazel, Leonard, Sara Stipanov and Parson teamed for a win in 3:47.23 in the 400 freestyle relay. That was also a consideration mark for the prelims.