BOULDER — The 2013 summer season with the Boulder Collegians has been a frustrating one for pitcher Drew Ferguson.
After a 7-5, 10-inning loss to the visiting Arvada Colts on Monday, Ferguson’s frustration continues.
Still searching for his win of the season, Ferguson has been mired in a sea of no decisions so far this summer. Against the Colts, he left the game with a 5-4 lead after having given up three earned runs in seven innings.
“The first two innings were bad and I’m still upset with those. But I’m too hard on myself when it comes to pitching. This was one of my best outings so far but I still can’t be happy with it because we lost. It wasn’t my loss but it’s still frustrating.”
Ferguson, who plays for Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kan., said he has struggled with location this season but he fixed that problem after the first couple innings. The loss went to reliever Julian Moroyoqui, a 2012 graduate of Longmont High School.
The Collegians, who committed three errors, took an early lead with a three-run first inning. They led 4-1 before getting outscored 6-1 in the final four frames.
“Every now and then this happens,” Ferguson said. “But it’s not the end of the world. I know we’re better than that and that we’ve played better than that so we’re pretty happy with how we’re playing right now.”
Currently fourth in the Rocky Mountain Baseball League with a 9-11 record, Collegians manager Matt Jensen said the Collegians relaxed a little too much after getting three quick runs in the first inning.
“To me, the big difference in the game was leaving runners in scoring position,” Jensen said. “We had plenty of chances. I don’t know what the specific number was but if we put one or two of those runs in, we don’t have to worry about the blooper to center field that tied the game in the ninth inning. We’re a big-inning team but we need to be able to score more consistently throughout the course of the game. That has hurt us this season.”
The Collegians, who have lost six one-run games this season, left 11 runners on base against the first-place Colts. They failed to score with runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth inning and even in their big first inning, they left the bases loaded.
Offensively, center fielder AJ Shaw scored three of the Collegians’ five runs and finished the game 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Shaw said the Colts pitchers were throwing a lot of fastballs which helped the Collegians tally 12 hits in the game but they couldn’t put anything together in the final four scoreless innings.
“We didn’t really have an approach at the end of the game and our bullpen couldn’t shut them down so it just kind of slipped out of our hands,” said Shaw, who plays for Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan. “It’s been happening quite a bit. We’ve been up in probably 90 percent of our games.”
The Collegians play a doubleheader against the Rockhounds and Colorado Sox on Tuesday. They have beaten both teams this season.
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Arvada Colts 7, Boulder Collegians 5
At Scott Carpenter Park
Arvada Colts 010 002 101 2– 7 8 1
Boulder Collegians 300 101 000 0– 5 12 3
W — Deal. L — Moroyoqui.
Arvada Colts hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Buglione 5-0-1-1, Mari 4-0-0-0, Schlehuber 3-2-1-0, Gipson 5-2-2-0, Aranda 4-0-2-4, Pearson 4-1-1-0, Nelson 3-2-1-0, Owen 5-0-0-0, Scanlon 3-0-01. Totals 37-7-8-6. 2B — Schlehuber, Gipson. SB — Nelson 3, Aranda, Pearson, Buglione, Gipson, Mari.
Boulder Collegians hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Shaw 4-3-3-1, Houska 5-0-1-1, Guegan 5-1-2-0, Harrison 3-1-1-2, Clark 1-0-0-0, Reynolds 5-0-2-1, Byfield 5-0-2-0, Norton 2-0-0-0, Moroyoqui 2-0-0-0, Dibble 4-0-1-0, Grossman 2-0-0-0, Mau 3-0-0-0. Totals 42-5-12-5. 2B — Shaw, Harrison, reynolds. HR —Shaw (solo in 6th). SB — Guegan, Byfield, Shaw.
Arvada Colts pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Halliday 5-10-4-4-1-5, Deal 5-2-1-1-1-6.
Boulder Collegians pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Ferguson 7-3-4-3-4-2, Moroyoqui 3-5-3-3-0-3.