Leading 9-2 in the fourth inning, the Cal Poly baseball team looked on its way to easily extending its three game winning streak and completing a sweep of Long Beach State on Sunday at Baggett Stadium.
Instead, the Mustangs were left to wonder how it all got away after the 49ers rallied to win 12-11 in 10 innings.
John Schuknecht homered twice and Jordan Ellis tripled twice and had three RBI for Cal Poly (19-21, 7-5 Big West Conference). Zack Zehner also had two RBI.
Danny Zandona (1-4) gave up Luke Rasmussen’s three-run homer in the eighth and allowed three runs in the 10th to take the loss for the Mustangs.
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Cal Poly rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th on Schuknecht’s second homer and an RBI groundout by Brian Mundell. But Brett Barbier struck out to end the game with the tying run at second base.
Rasmussen had two hits and three RBI for Long Beach State (22-17, 8-7). Alex Bishop had four hits and two RBI, and Tristan Mercadel added three hits and two RBI.
The Mustangs travel to CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday.
Cal State Fullerton 4, Cal Poly 1, first game; Cal State Fullerton 6, Cal Poly 3, second game
Chelsea Convissar hit two home runs over two games, but the Mustangs were swept by the Titans in a road doubleheader.
Convissar accounted for the Mustangs only run in the first game, and hit one of two seventh-inning homers in the second game. She finished with three RBI over the two games.
Amanda Sandoval also homered for Cal Poly (22-27, 5-10 Big West Conference).
Emily Ceccacci went 3 for 4 with two doubles in the second game for the Mustangs.
Cerissa Rivera earned the win in the first game and the save in the second game for Cal State Fullerton (30-20, 8-7).
The Mustangs wraps up their home schedule on Saturday against Long Beach State.
Cal Poly at Big West Championships
The Mustangs are tied for third after the first round of play at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Cal Poly had a team total of 289, tied with UC Irvine. UC Riverside was first at 286, and UC Davis second at 288.
The Mustangs were led by Justin De Los Santos, who was third after a 70. Camden Price was tied for fifth at 72.
UC Riverside’s David Gazzolo held the individual lead after shooting a 3-under 67.
Play continues today.