Santa Barbara beats Buena without a hit

Who needs a hit to score runs?

Santa Barbara didn’t on Friday in its Channel League baseball opener at Buena.

The Dons won 2-0 without the benefit of a hit.

“It’s pretty darn rare,” Santa Barbara assistant coach Mike Cooney said of winning a game without a hit.

The Dons scored their first run in the fourth. Collin Dewell hit an opposite-field high fly ball that the wind blew back into the field of play and was dropped by the left fielder.

“It could have been a wind-blown double, but Buena is the home team and they called it an error,” said Cooney.

Dewell scored on a Danny Zandona ground out.

Santa Barbara got an insurance run in the sixth. Spencer Fraker drew a walk after a 10-pitch at-bat, advanced to second on a sacrifice, went to third on a ball that got away from the catcher and scored on a wild pitch.

The runs came off Buena ace Drew Jacobs, who struck out 10 but walked three and hit two batters.

Zandona pitched a stellar game for the Dons. He struck out nine, didn’t walk a batter, gave up three hits and hit one batter, but he didn’t allow a baserunner past second base.

“In the three years I’ve worked with him, I have never seen him pitch better than he pitched today,” said Cooney.

“This was a great game,” he added. “Buena’s one of the favorites in league and we are too. It was an important game.”

Santa Barbara improves to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league; Buena is 4-2, 0-1.

The Dons play Calabasas today at the Chatsworth Tournament and face San Marcos at home on Tuesday.

Santa Barbara…000 101 0 — 2 0 0

Buena…000 000 0 — 0 3 1

Zandona and Eaton; Drew Jacobs and Burke. W—Zandona 3-0. L—Jacobs 2-1.

2B—B: Dietz.