Mark Mathias was 2 for 4 with three RBI as the Cal Poly baseball team beat UC Riverside 7-5 on Saturday night at the Riverside Sports Complex to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Highlanders (20-22, 8-6 Big West Conference) scored two runs off Mustangs starter Justin Calomeni in the first inning on a leadoff double, a steal of home and an RBI single. Calomeni pitched 3 1⁄3 innings, giving up three runs and striking out two.
The Mustangs (37-9, 13-4) cut the lead to 3-2 on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Drobny in the fifth inning and an error on a Highlanders pitcher on a sacrifice bunt from Chris Hoo in the sixth.
Cal Poly took a 4-3 lead in seventh on a two-run single by Mathias and added three insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Jimmy Allen, Brian Mundell and Mathias.
Mundell was 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, and Zack Zehner was 3 for 5 with a double in the Mustangs’ come-from-behind win.
Cal Poly 4-4, Long Beach State 0-2
Freshman pitcher Sierra Hyland struck out eight Long Beach State hitters, and Chloe Wurst ended the doubleheader with seven strikeouts as the Mustangs swept a road doubleheader from the Big West Conference-leading 49ers.
Cal Poly improved to 11-6 in the Big West and 30-18 overall. Long Beach State (36-15) remains atop the conference standings at 13-4. UC Santa Barbara is a game back at 12-5.
In the first game, Mariah Cochiolo led off the second inning with a walk and scored on Jillian Andersen’s single to put Cal Poly up 1-0.
The Mustangs scored three more runs in the seventh on Courtney Tyler’s single and Hyland’s single to center that was misplayed, allowing two runs to score.
In the second game, the bases were loaded for the Mustangs in the second inning when Ashley Romano and Andersen both singled in runs.
Cal Poly added two runs in the fourth. The 49ers scored twice in the sixth, but Hyland came in in relief of Wurst in the seventh to earn her first career save.
Santiago Canyon 8, Cuesta 0, 5 innings
Mikala Strum had the lone hit for the Cougars (26-14, 12-5 Western State Conference) in a road loss in the first round of the Southern California regional playoffs.
The Cougars also struggled defensively with three errors.
TRACK AND FIELD
Men: UC Santa Barbara 102.5, Cal Poly 99.5; Women: UC Santa Barbara 104, Cal Poly 98
Ajah Love and Kendal Nielsen led the Mustangs as Love won the women’s 100 meters in 11.81 seconds and the 200 in 24.25, and Nielsen won the long jump at 18 feet, 10 3⁄4 inches and the triple jump 40-4 1⁄4.
Love’s 200 mark is a career best and moves her up to fourth-fastest in school history.
Other winners for the Mustangs on the women’s side included Elaina Cromer (800, 2:13.2), Rachel Bush (3,000, 10:03.88), and Clara Davis (pole vault, 12-1 1⁄2).
In the men’s 3,000, Chris Frias (8:08.55) and Sean Davidson (8:12.27) led the Mustangs as they finished first and second, respectively.
Jamison Jordan posted a season-best, winning the men’s 100 at 10.44 seconds.
Other Cal Poly winners on the men’s side included Patrick Hughes (pole vault, 16-7), Ben Hartinger (400 hurdles, 54.78), Danny Yeager (high jump, 6-4 3⁄4) and Ivy Adair (javelin, 183-7).