The Cal Poly baseball team’s nation-leading 12-game win streak was snapped Saturday when Long Beach State beat the Mustangs 7-2 at Blair Field in game two of a three-game series.
The Dirtbags scored six runs in the first four innings against pitcher Justin Calomeni, who gave up seven hits and fell to 7-2 on the season.
Outfielder Nick Torres kept his hitting streak alive for the Mustangs (36-6, 12-2 Big West), extending it to nine games, and his single to center in the top of the sixth inning drove in Cal Poly’s first run of the night.
Torres scored the Mustangs’ second run later in the inning when the ball flew past the Dirtbags’ catcher.
Shortstop Mark Mathias also kept his streak going, knocking a single to center in the eighth inning against the Dirtbags to make his hitting streak 14 games in a row.
As a team, Cal Poly was held to six hits and gave up 13, which marks the second time in the past 12 games the Mustangs have given up double-digit hits to their opponents.
Josh Frye was on the mound for Long Beach State (19-21, 6-5 Big West) and remains undefeated after throwing eight innings and striking out six.
Dirtbags first baseman Ino Patron went 4 for 5 against the Mustangs and drove in two runs.
Cal Poly 6, Cal State Fullerton 0; Cal Poly 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
Sierra Hyland pitched a complete game and hit her sixth homer of the season during the Mustangs’ 6-0 win in game one of a doubleheader against the Titans.
Cal Poly also won game two, and Chloe Wurst allowed four hits in a 2-1 victory.
With Saturday’s sweep, Cal Poly (28-17, 9-5) is in a second-place tie with UC Santa Barbara in the Big West Conference standings.
Shortstop Kim Westlund drove in three runs on the day and scored two for the Mustangs, hitting a leadoff triple to start the first game and a two-run double in the fifth inning of the first game.
Lauren Moreno hit her first triple of the season in the first game, scoring Mariah Cochiolo.
In the second game, Westlund came back to hit a two-out RBI single and got the Mustangs off to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Cal Poly scored again in the fifth, when Cochiolo singled up the middle and drove in Courtney Tyler.
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Cliff Lekas led the Mustangs with the fastest time of the season in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Lekas won the event in 48.84 seconds and finished third in the 200 (22.09). John Guerrero finished second in the 800 (1:52.66).
In the field events, A.J. Inouye won the men’s pole vault at 15 feet, 3 inches, while teammate Devin Bennett finished second (14-9) for Cal Poly.
The Mustangs also had Danny Shellworth finish third in the high jump (6-6) and Nick Bultman third in the hammer throw (176-0 1⁄4).