VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats (11-13) rebounded from Monday’s defeat by recording their first shutout victory of 2017 on Tuesday night, 5-0 over the Corvallis Knights.
The HarbourCats tied the three-game series at a game a piece with Corvallis (14-9) and in the process, end a three-game losing streak in the season series with the Knights.
Victoria was led by right-hander Luke Boyd (Baylor), who was tremendous from the first pitch of his third start of the season. The rising sophomore pitched seven efficient, scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
The bulk of the offence came early, beginning with two runs in the top of the first on the strength of an RBI double by center fielder Hunter Vansau (Mississippi State) and a sac fly RBI from Kevin Collard (San Diego).
The HarbourCats added runs in the second and third to build a 4-0 lead. Right-hander Louis Crow (San Diego) could only go two innings for Corvallis, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Second baseman Nick Moroney (UC Santa Barbara) drove in right fielder Jake Garella (St. Louis) on a single for the final HarbourCats run of the night in the top of the eighth inning.
Victoria catcher Tanner Rempel (Colorado Mesa) led all players with three hits. Shortstop Harry Shipley was the other player to record multiple hits for the HarbourCats who finished with 11 as a team.
Boyd (2-2) earned the win for the HarbourCats while Crow (0-1) took the loss for Corvallis.
Travis Kuhn (San Diego) pitched the final two innings scoreless for the HarbourCats, allowing one hit with four strikeouts.
The rubber match of the series is set for 6:40pm on Wednesday at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.