The Cal Poly baseball team is ranked in all five major polls this week for the first time this season.
Already ranked by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the USA Today coaches poll and the National College Baseball Writers Association, the Mustangs (17-5) broke into the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls for the first time this season Monday.
Cal Poly is ranked 23rd by Baseball America and Perfect Game, 21st by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and 25th in the USA Today coaches poll and by the National College Baseball Writers Association.
The Mustangs host Pepperdine (13-9) tonight at 6 at Baggett Stadium before opening Big West Conference play with a three-game series against UC Davis beginning Thursday.
The complete Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls can be found on S6.
Cal Poly 6, Fresno State 5; Fresno State 6, Cal Poly 1, 9 innings
Center fielder Whitley Gerhart’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Mustangs to the win in the opener before the Bulldogs scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the nightcap in the nonleague doubleheader at Bob Janssen Field on Monday.
In the opener, Cal Poly (12-20-1) trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, catcher Mariah Cochiolo drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. First baseman Breana West singled home Cochiolo, and two pitches later, Gerhart hit her second homer of the season to give the Mustangs a 6-4 lead.
West, third baseman Jillian Andersen and shortstop Kim Westlund all had two hits for Cal Poly in the opener, and West and Gerhart had two RBI apiece.
Nicole Innamorato, who came on in the fourth inning, pitched three innings for the win.
Arroyo Grande High graduate Jillian Compton went the distance in the circle for the Bulldogs (19-14), allowing nine hits, six runs (five earned), three walks and three strikeouts in falling to 8-10.
In the nightcap, Fresno State scored in the top of the first, and the Mustangs answered with a run in the third when Celina Lafrades singled to score second baseman Ashley Romano.
The score remained 1-1 until the top of the ninth when the Bulldogs erupted for five runs.
Left fielder Lauren Moreno had two of Cal Poly’s five hits in the second game.
CSUB Spring Invitational
The Cal Poly A team sits 17 strokes behind Cal State Northridge, and the Cal Poly B team is 39 strokes behind the Matadors after Monday’s first two rounds at Bakersfield Country Club.
Asia Adell and Madison Hirsch are tied for fourth individually for the Mustangs with a 10-over 154 on the par-72 course.
Cal Poly’s A team has 622 strokes through 36 holes to Cal State Northridge’s 605. The Cal Poly B team is third at 644 in the five-team field.
Drew Thomas and Morgan Thomas are both at 157 and tied for seventh individually for the Cal Poly B team.
Cal State Northridge’s Elisabeth Haavardsho is the individual leader at 141 after rounds of 74 and 67, giving her an eight-stroke lead over runner-up and teammate Clariss Guce.
The tournament concludes today with the final 18 holes.