Zack Zehner hit a walk-off home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cal Poly baseball team a 4-3 victory over Long Beach State on Saturday at Baggett Stadium.
The Mustangs (19-20, 7-4 Big West) faced a 3-1 deficit going into the bottom of the sixth inning, when Jordan Ellis grounded out to bring home Zehner. Mark Mathias went on to drive in John Schuknecht in the bottom of the seventh on a single to tie the score at 3.
Zehner’s home run in the 12th brought the 3-3 stalemate to an end and gave Cal Poly the win to clinch the series.
Taylor Chris picked up his second win on the mound this season by striking out five and allowing one hit in the final five innings.
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The Mustangs will wrap up the weekend series against Long Beach State (21-17, 7-7) today at 1 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton 5, Cal Poly 4
The Mustangs (22-25, 5-8 Big West) dropped their series opener against host Cal State Fullerton in what was originally scheduled as a double header.
The second game was postponed due to rain.
Emily Ceccacci put the Mustangs up 1-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second inning.
Sierra Hyland retired seven of the first eight batters she faced for Cal Poly before a bases-loaded groundout allowed the Titans to tie the score at 1.
In the fifth, Cal Poly’s Ashley Tornio singled with the bases loaded to score Chelsea Convissar and Alina Goodrum. Breana West doubled to score Stephanie Heyward to give the Mustangs a 4-1 lead.
Cal State Fullerton (28-20, 6-7) scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a RBI single and a two-run double to tie the score 4-4.
The Titans scored the winning run in the sixth with runners on second and third when Hyland threw a wild pitch that allowed the runner on third to score.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at the Bulldog Invitational at Fresno State
Two Cal Poly track and field players won events and multiple others finished second in Fresno.
Brad Beekman won the men’s pole vault with a mark of 15 feet, 7 inches and Kiely Osby won the women’s shot put at 46-3 1⁄2.
On the men’s side, second-place finishes were secured by David Namnath in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.90, Danny Shellworth in the high jump at 6-7, Ben Hartinger in the 110 hurdles in 14.66, Ivy Adair in the long jump with a 22-3, and Arnie Sambel in the discus at 164-0 and the shot put at 53-1.
On the women’s side, Kendal Nielsen finished second in the triple jump at 39-10.
Springer wins first Western State Conference Title
Nipomo High grad Jared Springer won the men’s discus and finished second in the shot put for Allan Hancock College in the Western State Conference Track and Field Finals at Santa Barbara City College.
Springer’s winning throw for discus was 144-9 and his shot put mark of
45-4 1⁄4 was second to Marvin Magg of Santa Barbara City College by 3 3⁄4 inches.