The Cal Poly baseball team lost to UC Irvine 9-6 on Saturday night in Irvine as starter Kyle Smith gave up five of the Anteaters’ seven runs in the third inning.
The Mustangs scored five runs in the third in taking a 5-1 lead before recording an out as Zack Zehner had a bases-clearing double after RBI singles from Tommy Pluschkell and Mark Mathias.
UC Irvine responded in the bottom of the half of the inning with seven of its own before Justin Calomeni came on in relief to pitch the final five innings.
Zehner and John Schuk-necht both went 2 for 4 for Cal Poly (23-24, 10-7 Big West Conference).
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The Mustangs needed a sweep of the Anteaters (30-17, 12-5) and help from UC Santa Barbara, who plays conference leading Cal State Fullerton (13-4), to have any chance at catching the Titans for the Big West title.
UC Riverside 3, Cal Poly 2
Cal Poly couldn’t hang onto an early 2-0 lead as two errors in the bottom of the third allowed two runs, including the go-ahead run, to score.
Stephanie Heyward was 2 for 3 with a two-run double to plate Sierra Hyland and Courtney Tyler for the Mustangs’ only runs.
Hyland pitched a complete game and retired seven of the first eight batters before running into trouble in the third.
After the Highlanders loaded the bases on a hit-by- pitch, error and single, they scored two runs on a sacrifice fly as Tyler’s throw to third allowed the tying run to score. UC Riverside took the lead in the next inning on an RBI single.
Hyland had two strikeouts and five hits in the season finale for the Mustangs (22-32, 5-16 Big West).
TRACK AND FIELD
Big West multi-events
Cal Poly’s Teddy Scranton and Ivy Adair finished second and third, respectively, in the decathlon as UC Santa Barbara’s Darion Williams won with 6,844 points after being more than 60 points behind the two entering the final day.
Scranton (6,768) placed second in the discus with a toss of 139 feet but faltered in the pole vault only clearing 11-53⁄4 and placing eighth.
Adair finished with 6,497 points, and his best performance of the day came in the pole vault, where he placed second (13-5) but couldn’t keep pace by finishing 12th in the discus (94-3).
CSUN swept the heptathlon as Olympia Jewett won (4,981), edging Shawnta Barnes (4,980) and Marissa Rossi (4,806).
Mustangs Jessica Davis (4,376) and Jessica Rasmussen (4,346) finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
Rasmussen had a second-place finish in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 23.97 seconds.
Colorado’s Abrianna Torres, a San Luis Obispo High graduate, is in fifth place after the first day of the heptathlon competition at UCLA with 3,304 points.
Torres tied for third in the high jump (5-53⁄4) and was second in the shot put (45-31⁄2).
UCLA’s Tatum Souza is in first with 3,407 while USC’s Amalie Iuel is in second (3,368).