The Cal Poly baseball team was within four outs of ending UCLA’s perfect season.
After Matt Leonard turned in possibly the best pitching performance by a Mustang this season, the bullpen couldn’t hold a one-run lead before falling 4-3 to the No. 3 Bruins on Friday in Los Angeles.
Leonard didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings to one of college baseball’s premier lineups. He struck out three while walking none.
UCLA (19-0) scored two runs on a two-out dropped fly in the fourth inning after Mitch Haniger gave Cal Poly the lead with a three-run homer in the top half.
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The Bruins scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth off Eugene Wright after a Tyler Rahmatulla’s double.
Bobby Crocker had two hits for the Mustangs (7-14), who mustered only five hits.
Ross Brayton and Evan Busby had the other hits for Cal Poly, which will play the finale of the three-game set at 2 p.m. today.
TRACK AND FIELDStanford InvitationalFormer Mission Prep standout and current Oregon freshman Jordan Hasay was just 0.17 seconds off a personal best as she claimed the 1,500-meter title in 4 minutes, 14.67 seconds at the Stanford Invitational.
Hasay came close to eclipsing the time she set as a high schooler at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.Washington’s Katie Follett finished second in 4:15.04.
In the men’s 1,500, Cal Poly’s Tobin Villalva was second with a time of 3:51.45.
Cal Poly freshman Daniel Erdman took second in the men’s discus after a throw of 158 feet, 4 inches while teammate Korben Boaz was fourth with a 153-10 throw.
Concordia’s Erik Kuster won with a mark of 168-2.
Cuesta at Easter RelaysFormer Paso Robles High standout Michael Keating took third in the 110 hurdles (15.96) and third in the 400 hurdles (57.3) in his first competition.
Cuesta’s Sam Samson and Craig Van Leeuwen swept the pole vault, each clearing 16-31⁄2. Samson won by virtue of fewer misses.
Former Arroyo Grande High standout Christine Weinreich set a school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 154-7, good for second place.
SWIMMING AND DIVINGPeter Kline at NCAA ChampionshipsDespite breaking the school record, Cal Poly’s Peter Kline failed to qualify for the final of the 200 Individual Medley in Columbus, Ohio.
Kline finished in 1:47.82 shaving 0.04 off the mark he set at the Big West Conference Championships last month.
Kline’s time was good for 43rd place, but only the top 16 advanced to the final race.
The 16th-best time was 1:44.75, still three full seconds ahead of Kline’s pace.
Kline will have two more attempts to become Cal Poly’s first Division I swimming All-American of the modern era.
He will compete in the 200 back and the 400 IM. Kline’s time in the 400 IM is the 17th fastest in the field.
SOFTBALLArizona State 5, Cal Poly 3The Mustangs allowed three unearned runs to No. 8 Arizona State.
Nicole Lund hit her first career home run for Cal Poly, a two-run shot that gave the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead.
Krysten Cary added a hit and an RBI for the Mustangs, who fell to 1-7 against ranked competition this year.
The two teams will continue the four-game set with a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. today.
WOMEN’S GOLFCal Poly at Lamkin Grip Match Play ChampionshipCal Poly beat Northern Colorado 4 and 1 in the championship match to claim the tournament title at Cypress Ridge in Arroyo Grande.
Maddy Fletcher paced the Mustangs with three wins over the two-day tournament. Fletcher won matches by scores of 7 and 5, 6 and 4 and 5 and 3.
The Mustangs beat Eastern Washington and University of British Columbia on Thursday to advance to the final.