The Cal Poly baseball team allowed 11 runs in four innings and dropped the rubber game of its series with UC Irvine 11-1 on Sunday.
The Mustangs (33-16, 12-9 Big West Conference) fell a game behind the Anteaters (31-16, 13-8) in the conference standings and are tied for fourth with UC Santa Barbara.
Andrew Morales (10-0) struck out 10 over the first four innings in a dominating performance for UC Irvine. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk and finishing with the 10 strikeouts.
Bryan Granger (5-4) gave up four runs on three hits in 12⁄3 inning and took the loss. The Mustangs used six pitchers in the game, including Danny Zandona, who came on and faced six batters and allowed six hits and four runs.
Chase Johnson pitched three scoreless innings of relief for Cal Poly, allowing a hit and striking out one.
Connor Spencer was 3 for 5 with three RBI, two doubles and two runs for UC Irvine. Taylor Sparks also had three hits, as the Anteaters pounded out 16 hits.
Cal Poly scored its run in the eighth inning, when John Schuknecht doubled home Peter Van Gansen.
Jordan Ellis had the only other extra-base hit for the Mustangs — a double — as Cal Poly managed just five hits.
David Armendariz, Elliot Stewart and Mark Mathias had a single apiece for the Mustangs, who struck out 12 times in the game.
Dominique Taylor had two hits and scored two runs for UC Irvine.
Cal Poly hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, and hosts Cal State Northridge this weekend.