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Caulfield, Roberts spark Vaqueros to 11-2 win in WSC opener

Pat Caulfield went 3-4 with a two-run homer in the third and a two-run double in the sixth. He's hitting .348 and leads the team with 17 RBIs. (File photo by Ken Sciallo/Sevilla Photography)
Pat Caulfield went 3-4 with a two-run homer in the third and a two-run double in the sixth. He's hitting .348 and leads the team with 17 RBIs. (File photo by Ken Sciallo/Sevilla Photography)

Patrick Caulfield went 3-4 with four RBIs on Monday and Conner Roberts shut down Ventura's offense, leading SBCC to an 11-2 triumph in a WSC North baseball opener at Pirate Park.

Caulfield, a sophomore outfielder from Burlingame, hit a two-run homer in the third to make it 5-0 and a two-run double in the sixth that boosted the margin to 10-0. He's batting .348 with a six-game hitting streak and a team-high 17 RBIs.

The Vaqueros collected 14 hits off six Pirate pitchers. Santa Barbara has won four of its last five games, thanks to an offensive eruption of 54 runs (10.8 average) on 67 hits. They've racked up five homers, 16 doubles and three triples in the last five outings.

Roberts, a sophomore right-hander from Martinez, was spectacular in his second start. He pitched two-hit, shutout ball for seven innings and struck out 10. Roberts (3-0) has only allowed one earned run in 21 innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.43 and he's tied for fifth in the state ERA with teammate Ian Churchill.

SBCC's pitching staff is No. 2 in the state with a 2.14 ERA.

The Vaqueros (8-4, 1-0) scored in six of eight innings and tallied 11 runs for the second time in three days. Jacob Bravo and Alex Holets both went 2-4 and Joshua Perlmutter delivered a two-run single in a four-run sixth inning.

Holets had an RBI triple in the second and Nicholas Trifiletti drilled a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the eighth.

Schedule Update: Thursday's game at Ventura has been moved to Friday 3/8 at Ventura at 2 p.m.