Cal Poly’s baseball team split a doubleheader at USC on Sunday, topping the Trojans 5-1 before being trounced 16-0 in the nightcap at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 13 in the nation by Baseball America, fell to 8-2 on the season after splitting the two games, which accounted for the series after rainouts Friday and Saturday.
Cal Poly starter Matt Imhof (2-1) was the winning pitcher in the opener. The junior left-hander gave up one run on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings, and Reed Reilly pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Chris Hoo was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI for Cal Poly in the first game, and Mark Mathias added two hits.
In the nightcap, the Mustangs trotted out seven pitchers who were shelled by USC (8-2) for a combined 15 earned runs on 16 hits and 10 walks. Brian Mundell and Peter Van Gansen mustered singles for Cal Poly’s only two hits as the Mustangs managed four runners and were shut out for the first time in a span of 50 games.
Cal Poly’s Lotito clinches NCAA bid
Cal Poly struggled to a sixth-place team finish at the Pac-12 meet at Stanford, but Mustangs sophomore 133-pounder Devon Lotito provided a bright spot by placing second to clinch a spot in the NCAA meet March 20-22 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lotito won his first two matches by major decision before losing a 5-2 decision to Stanford’s Ryan Mango in the Pac-12 final.
Mustangs heavyweight Spencer Empey was fourth, and Britain Longmire (125) claimed fifth.
Cal Poly’s Dominic Kastl (174) lost his first match with an 11-8 decision against Oregon State’s Joe Latham before defaulting his remaining two matches because of injuries.
The team title went to Oregon State.
Cal Poly fifth at tourney
Cal Poly carded a 37-over-par team total of 613 to wrap the Red Rocks Invitational in fifth place among 18 schools at Oak Creek Country Club in Sedona, Ariz.
Taylor Yoshitake led the Mustangs by shooting a 73 Sunday to finish with a 36-hole, 5-over total of 149 and tie for ninth place.
Cal Poly’s Madison Hirsch tied for 14th, and Morgan Thomas placed 21st.
UC Irvine 4, Cal Poly 0
The Mustangs were shut out on the road to fall to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the Big West Conference.