David Armendariz belted a home run to right field in the fourth inning, but the Cal Poly baseball team dropped its first conference road game of the year with a 4-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Friday.
The loss comes after the Mustangs (20-7, 3-1 Big West) completed a three-game sweep of UC Davis, and a nonconference series where the Mustangs took two of three against the Gauchos (15-13, 2-2) just two weeks ago.
Armendariz put the Mustangs ahead 1-0 in the fourth, but the Gauchos answered with one in the bottom of the inning, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Jordan Ellis hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it a two-run game, but the Mustangs couldn’t make it any closer down the stretch.
Ellis went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Armendariz went 1 for 3.
Joey Wagman got the loss after giving up four runs on 11 hits in six innings pitched.
UC Irvine 4, Cal Poly 3
A shorthanded Mustangs squad, playing without Jordan Bridge and Jurgen De Jager, came up just short in their Big West opener in San Luis Obispo.
Andre Dome and Marco Comuzzo both won in straight sets in singles and combined for an 8-4 win in doubles to help secure the point Cal Poly (8-8, 0-1 Big West).
TRACK & FIELD
Cal Poly at Sam Adams Multi-Events
Devin Bennett sits in ninth place for the Mustangs with 3,319 points after the first day of decathlon competition at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Bennett ran the 100-meter dash in 11.98 seconds and ran the 400 in 52.14.
Gray Horn holds the lead with 4,019 points, and UC Santa Barbara’s Derek Masterson, who leads all collegiate competitors, is second with 3,782.
The 110 hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 are scheduled for today as the decathlon concludes. At last year’s meet, Bennett won the 1,500 with a time of 4 minutes, 26.66 seconds.