Swift, Corio Lead Blues Blowout Win

Updated: July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019
Pasadena, CA

Hunter Swift (Oral Roberts) had five hits and scored four times, Taison Corio (Delta JC) had three hits, including a two-run home run, scored four times and drove in three runs, and Tanner Lindsly (Oral Roberts) went two-for-three with three RBI to lead the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 12-5 win over the Arroyo Seco Saints tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Swift and Corio had hits in each of their first three at bats tonight and that coincided with the big lead the Blues set early in the game. They both singled in the top of the first inning and both scored when Lindsly drove them in with a two-out single. They both singled again in the second inning when San Luis strung together five two-out hits to score six times, and Swift singled to leadoff the fourth inning right before Corio hit his home run. By this time the Blues had amassed a 10-2 lead and, when the sixth inning came around, Swift singled again and Corio walked in front of a Nick Hansen (Grand Canyon) two-run double to increase the lead to 12-2. The Blues’ pitching staff benefitted from all the run support, including starter Tyler Chivens who, after surrendering two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Anthony Forte (Richmond) led off with a double and scored on an infield groundout and an error led to an unearned run, retired nine of the last ten batters he faced, with three strikeouts, to throw the last three innings of his outing scoreless. Andrew Alvarez (Cal Poly) then retired six of the seven batters he faced to pitch the fifth and sixth innings scoreless before the Saints scored an unearned run off of Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M) in the seventh. Braeden Gowdy relieved Richardson to start the eighth inning and surrendered three one-out hits, including a Thomas Luevano (San Diego) solo home run and an Andy Garriola (Old Dominion) RBI-double. But Gowdy retired two of the next three batters in the eighth to limit the damage and then retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the San Luis win with three strikeouts over two innings of work. Drew Atherton (Cal Poly Pomona) started on the mound for the Saints and suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits over an inning and two-thirds. Race Gardner (Hawaii-Hilo), who relieved Atherton with two outs in the second inning after the sixth Blues hit and retired the only batter he faced, went on to pitch three and a third innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out two. Jamie Robertson (Emory) started the sixth inning for Arroyo Seco and, after surrendering the last two Blues runs, pitched a scoreless seventh before Zach Griggs (UTSA) finished the game for the Saints with two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.

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