In a game that watched both teams wrack up 22 runs in five innings, Cal Poly reliever Tommy Erlin stepped up and shut the door on Loyola Marymount to preserve an 18-11 nonconference baseball win Tuesday in Los Angeles.
With Cal Poly leading 12-10 after just five innings, Erlin came on to allow one run on three hits in 41⁄3 innings, striking out five to pick up the win.
Both teams were locked in early offensively as Luke Yoder led the way for the Mustangs with four hits, including two home runs, a triple and five RBI. He finished a double away from hitting for the cycle.
Yoder’s two homers give him a team-best 11 this season. In all, Cal Poly hit a season-high four home runs.
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Adam Melker added one, and Jordan Hadlock added his first career home run.
J.J. Thompson and Bobby Crocker added three hits apiece for the Mustangs (15-29), who tallied 16 hits as a team.
David Van Ostrand added a hit and three RBI for Cal Poly.
Matt Koch hit two home runs to lead Loyola Marymount (19-23).
Cal Poly starter Kyle Anderson was one batter shy of being eligible for the win, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits in 42⁄3 innings. He walked four and struck out one.
The Mustangs have won five of their past seven games and will begin a three-game conference series at UC Davis on Friday.
Cal Poly’s Pace Johnson was named Big West Freshman Male Golfer of the Year, a day after advancing to U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
He was named freshman of the year after averaging 73.0 strokes per round over 25 rounds and finished second in three events, including the Firestone Grill College Invitational last October.
Johnson finished in a six-way tie for second in a U.S. Open local qualifying tournament in Madera that advances him to regional qualifying June 7 in Sacramento.
Johnson was also named to the All-Big West second team. He was the only Cal Poly golfer named to the all-conference team this season.