College Roundup: Cal Poly routed on the road by Pepperdine for third straight baseball loss

sports@thetribunenews.comApril 29, 2014 

Slater Lee allowed four runs on four hits in just one-plus inning as the Cal Poly baseball team lost its third straight game 11-4 to Pepperdine in Malibu on Tuesday.

Zach Zehner singled in the first inning to drive in Chris Hoo and give the Mustangs a short-lived lead as the Waves scored two in the bottom of the first.

Cal Poly tied the score again in the second as Peter Van Gansen singled to score Tommy Pluschkell before Pepperdine scored twice in the bottom of the inning and three in the third, giving the Waves a 7-2 lead.

Jimmy Allen was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Pluschkell was 2 for 4 with a run for Cal Poly (36-8).

Cuesta all-conference honors

Nick Burnham is the only member of the all-Western State Conference first team for the Cougars. Burnham led the team with a .342 batting average.

Jordaan Salas was named to the second team, and finished with a .316 batting average.

Evan Peterson, Nick Rutckyj, and Cameron Trichka were all awarded honorable mention recognition.


Cal Poly to play UCLA in NCAA Tournament

After winning the Big West Conference Tournament title in an upset this past weekend, the Mustangs learned Tuesday they will face No. 6 UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 10.

The Big West also announced Cal Poly coach Nick Carless as the conference’s Coach of the Year and Ben Donovan as the Freshman of the Year, while five other Mustangs also received all-conference honors.

Cal Poly (11-12) beat top-seeded Hawaii 4-1 in the finals of the Big West Tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Carless has guided the Mustangs to two conference tournament titles in his three seasons as head coach. Though Cal Poly enters the postseason with a losing record, the Mustangs won 11 of its final 16 dual matches.

Donovan (17-10) is the fourth Cal Poly to be named Freshman of the Year in the past six seasons.

He was also a first-team Big West singles player as were seniors Marco Comuzzo and Jurgen De Jager (15-3).

Comuzzo and fellow senior Matt Thompson also made the first team in doubles. Additionally, freshman Corey Pang and sophomore Devin Barber, a former Atascadero High standout, made the second team in doubles.


Cal Poly earns all-conference honors

Mustangs senior Jennifer Cornea was named to the all-Big West first team in both singles and doubles.

Junior Hannah Stone, who teamed with Cornea for the final six matches, was Cal Poly’s other first-team doubles selection, and freshman Emily Gibbens received honorable mention singles recognition.

Cornea tied with Gibbens to lead the Mustangs with seven singles victories. Cornea also won seven times in doubles and leaves Cal Poly with a 49-44 career singles record and 40-33 mark in doubles.


Hansen wins individual title at Big West championships

The final round of the event was canceled as winds up to 40 miles per hour prevented golf balls from hitting the greens.

After 36 holes of play, former Morro Bay standout and current UC Davis senior Matt Hansen earned individual medalist honors, shooting an 8-under 136, beating Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Anguiano by five strokes.

The Titans beat UC Davis by two strokes, posting a two-day total of 578 to earn the team title and earn an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Cal Poly sophomore Cam Price finished tied for 14th place, shooting 147 while Johnny Castles finished 19th shooting 149.

Cal Poly was eighth in the team standings at 599.


Cuesta all-conference honors

Bre Ojala is the Western State Conference Player of the Year and an All-State first team selection.

Jeananne Ruck, Savanna Johnson, and Mikala Strum made the all-WSC first team for Cuesta. Erin Pennington and Summer Best were named second team. Nichole Johnson, Nikki Luiz, Delaney Furnish, and Victoria Roberts were honorable mentions for Cuesta, which also had the coach of the year in Sheila McGuire.

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