If the Bakersfield Braves see the Santa Barbara Foresters again, it will be too soon.
At least from the Braves’ perspective.
Oklahoma State freshman right-hander Justin Campbell was brilliant on the mound and Matt McLain drove in three runs from the leadoff spot to lift the Foresters to a 13-0 win on Tuesday night at Pershing Park.
Santa Barbara’s victory was its second against Bakersfield this summer. The Foresters embarrassed the Braves, 35-2, at Pershing Park on July 4.
Campbell enjoyed his finest outing this summer with Santa Barbara. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound righty struckout 14 batters in six innings of work to earn the win. Campbell allowed just one hit, a single by Jacob Ruley to open the game, and he walked just one.
At the plate, McLain led the Foresters’ attack by going 4-for-6 with three runs batted in. The talented UCLA shortstop put the finishing touches on Santa Barbara’s eight-run seventh inning with a three-run homer to center field. It was McLain’s fourth home run of the summer.
At the bottom of the Santa Barbara lineup, Omar Veloz, batting eighth in the lineup, finished 2-for-3 with four runs batted in.
Incoming UCSB freshman player Nick Oakley, a former Santa Barbara High standout, also had a productive night for the Foresters. Oakley delivered a two-run pinch-hit single in Santa Barbara’s eight-run seventh, and he had a hit in his next at-bat to finish 2-for-2. Not to be outdone by any of his teammates, University of Oklahoma freshman third baseman Peyton Graham reached base in all five of his plate appearances on Tuesday.
Grahan finished 2-for-2 with two runs batted in and two runs scored.
It was Santa Barbara’s sixth win in its last seven games. The Foresters are 16-3 this season.
Santa Barbara is back in action tonight against Santa Maria at Pershing Park at 6 p.m. No spectators are allowed.