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Gagain has big day in 11-8 win at L.A. Pierce

Jake Gagain went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and took over the team batting lead at .308. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Jake Gagain went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and took over the team batting lead at .308. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Jake Gagain went 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs on Thursday, sparking SBCC to an 11-8 baseball win over L.A. Pierce in Woodland Hills.

Andrew Cosgrove had two hits, including a solo homer in the third inning, and the Vaqueros scored eight times in the first four innings to take an 8-5 lead. Santa Barbara won the WSC North series with the Brahmas 3-1 and evened its season record at 16-16.

First-place Cuesta (15-5) blanked Ventura to keep its two-game lead over the Vaqueros (13-7). The top two teams qualify for the Southern Cal Regional. The Vaqueros have a three-game lead in the loss column over Ventura with four to play.

Connor Clark had two doubles for SBCC and Nicolas Bereaud had an RBI triple in the fourth. The Vaqueros led 11-6 after seven innings.

Davis Messer (3-6) got the win, giving up six runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Daniel Burrato came on with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth. The freshman left-hander from Dos Pueblos High allowed two runs to score (that were charged to Austin Blessing) and pitched two innings for his first save.

The Vaqueros will host Ventura on Saturday at  1 p.m.