Foresters Score 14 as Catch Fall in Conference

Game Recap 7/6/16 from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.


By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

Santa Barbara, CA-The Southern California Catch headed for the coast and despite right fielder Evan Sandmann’s (Dallas Baptist University) first home run of the summer, they lost a disastrous twelve-run game to the Santa Barbara Foresters. Southern California was unable to replicate the success they had against Santa Barbara earlier in the season and lost 2-14.

In their first meeting earlier in the summer, the Catch pulled out with a 7-1 victory over Santa Barbara. Since then, the Foresters have gone 12-5 in their conference matchups, including an eight-game win streak towards the end of the June. With their victory over the Catch, the Foresters maintained their lead in the Central Division and took a half game lead over the Barons for the best record in the California Collegiate League.

The Catch threw starting pitcher Zach Clinton (Liberty University) against Santa Barbara after he was roughed up by the Academy Barons in his last start. Pitching 3.2 innings against the Barons and giving up nine runs, Clinton’s ERA ballooned from 2.55 to 5.08. Unfortunately, Clinton was shown no mercy by Santa Barbara, who held him to four innings and scored seven runs.

Despite a strong first inning, a leadoff error sparked a three-run inning for the Foresters. An ill-timed bases loaded hit by pitch put Santa Barbara up 1-0 and they added to their lead with a two run RBI double. Despite back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the third, a spectacular over the fence catch by first baseman Zach Malis (Grand Canyon University) helped keep the Foresters scoreless in the third.

Right fielder Evan Sandmann (Dallas Baptist University) whacked the first pitch of the fourth inning over the right field fence and put the Catch on the board from his first home run of the summer.

Finding themselves down in a 1-7 hole after the Foresters scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth, shortstop Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) cut the Catch’s deficit down to five runs with an RBI infield single. The Foresters continued to add up the runs with a monstrous, six-run inning in the bottom of the sixth. Right-handed pitcher Caleb MacPherson (Bethel College) fell victim to three doubles, a groundout and a hit by pitch which gave Santa Barbara a 2-13 lead.

Before the end of the game, the Foresters scrapped a final run in the bottom of the seventh and scored their from an RBI groundout. In the end, the Catch lost to Santa Barbara 2-14 and their second game in a row. Shining in the Catch’s loss was left fielder Caleb Potter (West Virginia University), who ended the game 3-5 with two singles, a double and scored the second run for Southern California.

Heading home, the Catch play the streaking Conejo Oaks on Thursday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m.