Catch Move Up After Pitcher’s Duel

Game Recap 7/2/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

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La Mirada, CA-Working their way back up above a .500 conference record, the Southern California Catch rewarded the stellar pitching performance by Nicolas Cumpston (Eastern Kentucky University) and beat the Long Beach Legends in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. Southern California now stands 7-8 and 4.5 games behind the Academy Barons in the South Division of the California Collegiate League.

Cumpston bounced back from his last start against the Barons, where he gave up six runs and four hits through 4.2 innings, to hold the Legends to one run and three hits.

Not only were both teams held hitless through the first two innings of the game, the score remained blank for over half the game. It was not until the Legends scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when the tie was broken. A leadoff single paid off the for Long Beach as the Legends took a one-run lead over the Catch with an RBI groundout.

However, a three-hit seventh inning gave the Catch a 2-1 lead over the Legends. With two outs and men on second and third, catcher Jacob Hathaway (Undecided), who ended the night 1-2 and reached base on an error, hit a two-run double to put Southern California on top.

With a 2-1 lead, the Catch’s bullpen provided perfect relief in the last three innings, retiring the last nine Long Beach batters of the ballgame. Chandler Dale (University of Louisville) struck out two in the seventh inning and Brandon Gilson (Texas Christian University) and Nick Wernke (West Virginia University) maintained Southern California’s one-run lead through the remainder of the game.

Although the Legend’s offense holds a combined .206 batting average, the Catch pitching staff shut down the players that mattered most, holding John Montgomery (Eastern Michigan University), who leads Long Beach with two home runs, and Brandon Brintz (Houston Baptist University), who is batting .300 through 15 games, hitless through the game with two strikeouts.

After a single at bat in yesterday’s game, Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University) started his first game since June 16 where he suffered a heel injury running to first base. In his first full game back, Bull hit two infield singles in the leadoff spot and went 2-4 with a number of key defensive plays.

Southern California returns home to play the play another game against the Orange County Riptide on Sunday, July 3 at 4:30 p.m.