Cal Poly’s Bobby Crocker continued his hot streak with three more hits, but Minnesota scored at least one run in five consecutive innings to earn a split in a rain-shortened baseball series with a 9-4 victory over the Mustangs on Sunday at Baggett Stadium.
Crocker singled, homered and doubled in four at-bats and has 10 hits in his past 20 at-bats, raising his average to .342. He had two RBI for Cal Poly (8-11).
Mustangs right-hander Mason Radeke allowed one run on five hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked one and did not factor in the decision.
Left-hander Kyle Anderson (1-5) allowed a run in an inning of relief and took the loss.
Mitch Haniger, who has been battling a sore back, had two hits, including a triple. He scored on D.J. Gentile’s two-out single in the sixth inning. Jimmy Allen added an RBI double in the seventh.
Minnesota’s Austin Lubinsky (2-3) earned the win despite allowing three runs in 3 1⁄3 innings in relief of start Phil Isaksson. The Mustangs are scheduled to host Pepperdine on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Baggett Stadium.
SOFTBALL Cal Poly 6, Fairfield 2; UNLV 3, Cal Poly 0
Cal Poly’s Rebecca Patton struck out a career-high 11 batters as the Mustangs won the morning game at the Mustang Classic at Bob Janssen Field, stopping a four-game losing streak.
In the second game, UNLV’s Amanda Oliveto threw a no-hitter, striking out eight. She walked one, hit a batter, and UNLV committed two errors. She was backed by Amanda Holland’s RBI double in the third inning of starter Anna Cahn (1-7) and Tayler Aleman’s two-run homer in the sixth off of Patton, who came on in relief.
Against Fairfield, Patton (2-12) allowed two runs on six hits. Kim Westlund and Nora Sobczak each had three hits, and Westlund had a triple and two RBI. Mariah Cochiolo had an RBI double for the Mustangs (4-22).
Cal Poly begins Big West Conference play April 2 at UC Riverside.
Cypress 6, Cuesta 1
Cuesta managed only three hits in a nonconference loss.
Becca Lenz got on with a bunt single to lead off the first and scored on an error later in the inning for the Cougars (8-12, 3-1 Western State Conference-North).
Karen Berna allowed six runs in 5 1⁄3 innings, striking out three.
The game was played at Bakersfield College.