Victoria, B.C.- Once again the Black Bears (6-9) struggled against Victoria (11-3) in the get away game and were both shutout and swept for the first time this season as a result of a 6-0 loss.
Victoria got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded Joe Prior hit a ground ball to second base. Toby Johnson (SO, Arkansas State) made a throwing error to first allowing two runs to score. The next batter Brad Pluschkell hit an RBI single to score Jake Stone to make it 3-0. In an interesting twist to the inning however Black Bears starter Kevin Baker (SO, University of Portland) struck out the side.
Victoria doubled their lead in the bottom of the seventh. After back-to-back walks from Akash Agarwal (R-SO, California) Stone hit an RBI single. Jake Hawken (SO, University of Portland) then relieved Agarwal and the next batter Dakota Dean hit a two-run single to make it 6-0.
Besides the offensive outburst, the Harbourcats received a pitching gem from starter Will McAffer. McAffer had a perfect game going until the lead-off batter in the fifth Lorin Archibald (SO, Oklahoma) reached on an infield single. McAffer pitched six innings of two-hit shutout Baseball with ten strikeouts.
Baker lost his first game of the season pitching five innings while allowing three runs, none of which were earned, on five hits and struck out five batters. Both he and Damon Jones (R-SO, Washington State) are now 2-1 after losses to Victoria.
The Harbourcats extended their franchise best winning streak to 11 games with the win. They will try and tie the all-time West Coast League winning streak at 14 games in their next series against Kitsap. Wenatchee set the bar during the 2011 season.
The Black Bears will try and end their longest losing streak of the season at five games Tuesday at home against Gresham. Seth Rayburn (SO, RHP Tennessee-Martin) will get the nod against Aaron Shoup (SO, LHP Saint Martin's).