The Cuesta College baseball team fell to Allan Hancock 4-3 Thursday night in Santa Maria for its second loss to Hancock in the past three days.
The Cougars (4-11, 0-2 Western State Conference) started out from behind, giving up two runs in the bottom of the first and one more in the third.
Cuesta cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth, when Josh Falco singled and then scored from first to home on two wild pitches.
The Cougars got to within one in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from Nick Burnham, but the come back fell short as they failed to get a base runner in the ninth.
Ventura 7, Cuesta 3
The Cougars gave up two quick runs on a two-run home run in the top of the first, but scored one of their own in the bottom of the inning, when Monica Garcia scored on a sacrifice fly from Savanna Johnson.
Ventura (6-6-1, 1-0 WSC) scored two more before Cuesta’s Gabby Massari singled in Summer Best and Mikala Strum in the fourth. The Cougars (15-9, 2-1) remained down by one run until the Pirates hit two more home runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Cal Poly 5, St. John’s 2
The Mustangs secured the doubles point as Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson won 8-1, while Garrett Auproux and Jurgen De Jager won 8-4.
Cal Poly (3-8) continued to make quick work of St. John’s (4-4) as Ben Donovan (6-2, 6-1), Comuzzo (6-2, 6-2), and Jager (6-2, 6-2) won their singles matches to give the Mustangs a 4-0 lead. Corey Pang (6-4, 6-4) also won for Cal Poly.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Pac-12 Conference Championships
Cal Poly’s Sonny Fierro broke a school record for the Mustangs in the 500-yard freestyle and advanced to the championship final at the Weyerhaeser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Fierro finished the race in 4 minutes, 19 seconds, topping his previous record of 4:21.
Mickey Mackle qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 individual medley, touching the wall in 1:48.
Cal Poly is in eighth place overall after seven events with 79 points.
Cuesta swimming mini-meet
The men’s and women’s teams competed in a nonscoring meet with Bakersfield and Ventura.
Freshman Rachel Gruetzmacher won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.60 seconds, less than one-tenth of a second off Ally Bernard’s school-record time of 24.51.
The men were led by All-American Georan Meendering, who won the 50 freestyle and the 50 backstroke. The only event the Cougars men lost was the 50 butterfly.