Adam Melker did all he could to dig the Cal Poly baseball team out of its rut, including hitting the game-tying home run, his second of the game, in the eighth inning.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs (9-22, 2-5), the bullpen again faltered late, blowing a one-run lead in a 10-9 Big West Conference loss at Cal State Northridge on Friday.
Cal Poly trailed 8-3 after five innings but scored six consecutive runs to lead 9-8 after the top of the eighth inning.
Luke Yoder had a solo home run, and Evan Busby added a double for the Mustangs.
Melker finished 3 for 4 with 4 RBI. He added a double to his two home run performance.
Cal State Northridge had been winless in conference play coming into the game but improved to 19-14 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Jeff Johnson took the loss for Cal Poly, giving up two runs on two hits in one inning.
Joey Wagman pitched three effective innings of middle relief, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out four for Cal Poly.
The series continues at 1 this afternoon in Northridge with DJ Mauldin (2-1, 7.89 ERA) on the mound for the Mustangs.
Saint Mary’s 4, Cal Poly 3
Cal Poly claimed the doubles point for the 15th time in 19 matches, but Saint Mary’s won the dual on the strength of four singles wins.
Suzie Matzenauer and Brittany Blalock won and improved to 16-1 in doubles play, knocking off Alex Poorta and Claire Soper 9-8. Blalock also won her singles match 7-6, 6-3 over Catherine Isip.
Jocelyn Davis was the only other Mustang to win in singles, claiming a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Nienke Strijbis.
Cal Poly will contest its final home dual of the season at 10 this morning, hosting Big West Conference foe UC Riverside.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Mt. Sac Relays
Cal Poly’s Whitney Sisler tied for first in the women’s high jump, and Taylor Herrera won the men’s 200-meter dash.
Sisler cleared a career-best height of 5 feet, 10.25 inches to tie Holly Parent of Washington State and Paola Saraid of Fuientes, who jumped unattached.
Herrera won the 200 in a career-best 21.10, shaving 0.26 seconds off his previous best and giving him the fastest time at Cal Poly since 1999.
Jasmine Pickett was second in the women’s triple jump (41-3.25) and third in the long jump (19-9.5).
Korben Boaz was eighth in the men’s discus with a season-best toss of 165-5, while Kevin Jones had a season best clearance of 15-7 in the men’s pole vault.