College of Marin remained undefeated in Bay Valley Conference play with a 7-3 win over Yuba College on Tuesday. The game was a stalemate until the fourth inning when the Mariners made the breakthrough and cruised to the win. Chris Allen was excellent, throwing seven shutout innings and earning his eighth victory of the season.
Both teams went 1-2-3 in the first inning. Each team had a runner on in the second and the third innings but failed to score in both circumstances.
Marin drew first blood in the fourth inning as Jake Munoz and Alex Davis walked with nobody out. After a strikeout and a pop out. James Harwell lined a ball to left that was mishandled by the Yuba outfielder allowing two runs to score. After a scoreless bottom of the fourth, Marin was back at in the top of the fifth inning.
Randy Fernandez and Munoz reached second and third with nobody out. Alex Davis followed with a two run double to give Marin a 4-0 lead. MacLean Meyn walked and Davis stole third before Hussain followed with a sacrifice fly to boost the Mariners lead to 5-0 after the top of the fifth.
Chris Allen held Yuba scoreless through the bottom of the seventh and maintained the Mariners five run advantage.
Marin added their sixth run in the eighth on a Yuba error and looked to cruise to the finish line. They hit a bit of a bump in the bottom of the eighth. Nick Roth relieved Chris Allen and allowed the first two Yuba hitters to reach before he struck out two straight. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third with two away. Yuba scored two on a single and after a stolen base another single brought home a third to cut the Mariners lead down to 6-3.
Marin was undeterred and got one back in the top of the ninth as Davis Barkocy doubled in James Harwell for the Mariners lucky seventh run of the game. Roth retired the side in order in the bottom half to cement the 7-3 victory for the Mariners.
Allen threw seven scoreless innings walking none while allowing just five hits and striking out nine 49ers. Alex Davis had three RBIs and two runs scored on the day while Jake Munoz walked three times and scored twice.
Marin sits atop the Bay Valley Conference with a 3-0 record and a second game against Yuba College scheduled for 2:30pm on Friday, March 23rd.