Tied 5-5 with Loyola Marymount in the eighth inning Wednesday evening, the Cal Poly baseball team gave up a two-run double down the left-field line that led to a 7-5 nonconference loss at Page Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Lions’ Alex Guthrie came up with the go-ahead hit.
Cal Poly (7-16), which has lost five in a row and 10 of its past 11, got out to a 3-0 lead by the second inning but surrendered four runs in the bottom half of the inning, when LMU’s Brad Bauer hit a three-run homer over the left-field wall. Guthrie and Bauer shared a team-high three RBI for LMU (14-12), which has won 11 of 13.
Cal Poly’s Luke Yoder blasted a lead-off home run — his team-leading fifth of the year — and finished with two hits.
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Teammates Adam Melker, Ross Brayton and Elliot Stewart also added two hits apiece. Bobby Crocker had two RBI for Cal Poly.
In a battle of lefthanders, Jason Wheeler (1-1) earned the win in just two-thirds of an inning, while Frankie Reed (0-3) suffered the loss, giving up two earned runs in an inning.
The Mustangs will open Big West Conference play today at UC Riverside.
Merced 8, Cuesta 7
Despite getting a pair of home runs from Righetti High grad Matt Anderson, the Cougars (12-11) fell at home after trailing 8-1 entering their half of the fifth inning.
Anderson was 3 for 5, collecting a game-high four RBI. T.J. Filicia and Danny Poma drove in Cuesta’s other runs.
Merced (15-7) prevailed despite six errors. Anthony Mendoza (2-2) picked up the win, striking out three batters, walking four and allowing five earned runs in five innings. Anthony Urbano (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up two earned runs in 11⁄3 innings.
Cal Poly 6, UC Santa Barbara 1
The Mustangs dropped just five sets to the Gauchos (7-9, 3-2 Big West), who entered riding high after a recent win over then-No. 31 BYU.
In doubles, Cal Poly’s Jordan Bridge and Alexander Sonesson edged Alex Konigsfeldt and Taylor Chavez Goggin 9-8 (8-6) before Matt Fawcett and Robert Foy dispatched Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen 8-5.
Cal Poly (5-10, 2-1 Big West) got singles wins from Fawcett, Bridge, Sonesson, Drew Jacobs and Foy.
The Mustangs, who started 1-9, have won three straight.
“The reason why we had such a rough start is we played so many nationally ranked teams,” Cal Poly head coach Justin McGrath said. “My intention was to make the schedule very difficult for the guys, to get them better, to develop them — and it’s now starting to show.
“I think we were just mentally tougher than Santa Barbara. I truly believe that was the result of the schedule we’ve played. I certainly feel like we have a shot to win the conference.”