The Cal Poly baseball team scored three runs in the first inning on its way to a 7-1 win over CSUN on Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.
Brett Barbier powered a three-run double to score Zack Zehner, Brian Mundell and Mark Mathias and give the Mustangs (21-22, 9-5 Big West) an early 3-0 lead. Another pair of runs in the fifth and seventh innings put the game out of the reach of the Matadors.
Barbier went 2 for 3 with four RBI and two runs, and Mark Mathias went 2 for 5 with a run to lead the Mustangs offense.
Kyle Smith picked up his fifth win, pitching eight innings with six strikeouts, six hits and one run allowed.
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The Mustangs clinched the weekend series and will go for a sweep of the Matadors (26-19, 5-12) today at 1 p.m. at Baggett Stadium.
Golden West 13-6, Cuesta 8-5
The Cougars (21-18) dropped the final two games in a best-of-three CCCAA regional playoff series against fourth-seeded Golden West to end their season.
In the first game, the 13th-seeded Cougars had a 5-1 lead through six innings before giving up 11 runs in the seventh.
San Luis Obispo High grad RJ Hassey hit a two-run single in an attempt to overcome the sudden deficit, but Cuesta could only muster one more run on fellow San Luis Obispo grad Garrett Giovannelli’s RBI single in the seventh.
Down 3-1 by the end of the fourth inning in the second game, Hassey singled to score Blake Chandler in the seventh, and Giovannelli and Stephen Pico scored on a single by Josh Falco to put Cuesta up 4-3. Golden West tied it at 4 in the bottom of the seventh, only for Chandler to hit a RBI single to score TK McWhertor and put the Cougars up 5-4.
But Golden West answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth that ended the Cougars’ season.
Cuesta won the opening game of the series Friday.
Long Beach State 2, Cal Poly 1; Long Beach State 7, Cal Poly 4, 9 innings
Emily Ceccacci scored on a sacrifice fly by Sierra Hyland for the only run in the first loss of a doubleheader for the Mustangs (22-29, 5-12 Big West) against the visiting 49ers.
The second game was a close battle as well, as Courtney Tyler singled to plate Ceccacci before scoring herself in the third inning to cut the Mustangs’ deficit to 3-2. Hyland hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at 4 after Long Beach State scored another run in the fourth, but the 49ers came back with three runs in the top of the ninth and the Mustangs couldn’t answer.
Palomar 13, Cuesta 0, 5 innings
Gabby Massari and Ami Hood each had one hit in a shortened game for the Cougars (14-17) against Palomar in the first game of a best-of-three CCCAA regional playoff series.
The two teams play again today at noon and a winner-take-all third game of the series will be played immediately afterward if Cuesta wins the noon game.
TRACK AND FIELD
Men: UC Santa Barbara 107, Cal Poly 96; Women: Cal Poly 108.5, UC Santa Barbara 89.5
The Cal Poly women led from the start as Daijah Joe-Smith, Ajah Love, Ciara Levy and Jessica Rasmussen won the 4x100 meter relay in 45.92 seconds at UC Santa Barbara.
The Mustangs continued to dominate the sprints as Joe-Smith (11.93) and Love (12.15) went first and second in the 100, respectively, and Love (24.64) and Chloe Carlson (25.62) swept the 200.
The women also had wins from Mallory Patino in the 400 hurdles (1:01.5), Kendall Nielsen in the long jump at 17 feet, 11 inches and triple jump (38-6 3-4), Ashley Windsor in the 800 (2:09.12), Sarah Van Dyke in the 1,500 (4:21.27), Annie Whitford in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:14.98), Danielle Bryan in the high jump (5-8 3-4) and Kiely Osby in the shot put (43-5 3-4).
On the men’s side, Arnie Sambel won the discus (175) and shot put (52-111⁄2) to lead the Mustangs.
The men also had wins from Joey Sanfilippo in the 100 (10.84), Tyler Rohde in the 200 (22.21), Amir Bradley in the 400 (47.97), David Galvez in the steeplechase (9:12.46), Danny Shellworth in the high jump (6-43⁄4) and Brad Beekman in the pole vault (16-03⁄4).