Bucs Overcome Five Errors to Steal ]Game from Cougs

Bucs Overcome Five Errors to Steal ]Game from Cougs

Cuesta Baseball owns an 9-7 record against the teams ranked in the State's Top 20, but cannot seem to get any traction in a Western State Conference lacking a ranked foe.  The Cougars fell in a WSC game to Ventura, 11-7, despite five errors and six hit batsmen by the Pirates.  The setback dropped the Cougars two-games out of first place in the Western State Conference, where the Cougars have not strung more than two wins in a row, with only five games left on the schedule.  The Bucs timely hitting, aided by nine free passes issued by Cuesta pitchers, had the Cougars fighting from behind all day.  Ventura scored in each of the first three innings and held a 4-3 lead over the Cougars going into the bottom of the 5th inning.  Designated Hitter Gabe Barthelmass drove in his third run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the inning as the Cougars jumped in front, 6-4.  However, their lead evaporated over the next two innings as the Cougars went through four relief pitchers searching for a way to slow down the Bucs.  By the 7th inning stretch, the Cougars were down by three runs, 9-6, but only managed one run, while stranding four runners, over their last three at-bats.  The Cougars offense was led by Barthelmas, who drove in three runs, and Rightfielder Zach Berohn, who produced a positive result each time he came to the plate.  Berohn was 3-for-3, including a double, and was twice hit by pitch to post a perfect on base-percentage for the day.  He also scored once and drove in a run.  The Cougars are 18-15 on the year, yet only 7-8 against the WSC.  They have three WSC games scheduled for next week, but we only be home on Thursday against Oxnard (2:30).