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.