Cal Poly baseball team loses to Pacific, waits for likely NCAA bid

Mustangs finish tied for second with UC Santa Barbara; will learn postseason fate Monday

sports@thetribunenews.comMay 25, 2013 

The Cal Poly baseball team’s quest for 40 wins fell short Saturday, as the Mustangs dropped their regular-season finale 7-4 at Pacific.

The win places the Mustangs (39-17, 17-10 Big West) tied for second place in the conference standings with UC Santa Barbara. Cal State Fullerton walked away the conference’s top spot. 

Saturday, the Mustangs fell behind early. Pacific jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings. The Tigers (15-39, 7-20) extended the lead to 7-0 through seven innings before Cal Poly got its first runs on the board.

Elliot Stewart hit a two-run triple to left, and John Schuknecht hit an RBI single as the Mustangs scored three runs in the eighth.

The Mustangs added another in the ninth, on an RBI triple to left center from Jordan Ellis, but that’s as close as they would get.

Both Ellis and Jimmy Allen went 2 for 5, while Schuknecht went 2 for 4. 

Now, the Mustangs will await a likely at-large bid to the NCAA regionals next weekend, with the regional sites being announced today and first-round pairings being announced Monday.

Big West Baseball standings
Big West games All games
W L    W L   
CS Fullerton 23 4 48 8
Cal Poly 17 10 39 17
UCSB 17 10 34 23
Northridge 15 12 31 26
UC Irvine 15 12 33 21
Long Beach 15 12 29 27
Hawaii 11 16 16 35
UC Riverside 10 17 21 32
Pacific 7 20 15 39
UC Davis 5 22 19 37
Saturday’s Games
Pacific 7, Cal Poly 4; Cal State Fullerton 9, Cal State Northridge 6; Long Beach State 3, UC Irvine 2; UC Santa Barbara 5, UC Davis 3; UC Riverside 4, Hawaii 2.

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