By Carlos Alvarez
As they continue their long month of road games, the Huskies traveled to Ventura College bringing their big boy bats with them, spanking the Pirates 14-5, last Friday, Feb. 22.
After combining for 11 runs in their past three games, the offense jumped all over the Pirates pitching staff. The Huskies collected a total of nine hits for the game, but unlike other games these hits came in clutch situations.
“We executed better today. We took advantage of guys in scoring position. Offensively we did everything right.
“We bunted guys over and even had some stolen bases. We executed,” Head Coach James Hines said, when asked about his offense breakout game.
Starting for the Pirates was Billy Davidson who lasted only three innings and one-third, allowing two runs on two hits, while walking four batters.
After Davidson was relieved the Huskies managed to score 12 runs against six Pirates relievers, with Michael Arias (0-1) taking the loss.
Frankie Wright (1-0) got the win for the Huskies after pitching six effective innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits while striking out four batters.
After allowing two runs in the second inning Wright settled down and pitched four scoreless innings the rest of the way.
“Wright battled in this start. He struggled early, but pitched well the rest of the game,” Hines said.
The Husky offense overcame the two run deficit by scoring two runs in the third and fifth inning, four in the sixth inning, and then finally putting the game out of reach in the ninth inning by scoring five runs.
Leading the slugfest was sophomore Andrew Gutierrez who collected two hits in his four plate appearances, one of those hits was a grand slam home run. Gutierrez had five runs batted in while scoring four runs himself in the game.
“Guiterrez put the game away with the grand slam in the ninth. He was involved in every offensive surge we had,” Hines said.