Mason Radeke continued his strong season for the Cal Poly baseball team Friday, pitching seven shutout innings in the Mustangs’ 10-0 Big West Conference win over Long Beach State at Blair Field.
With the win, Cal Poly (19-17, 9-4) stayed in second place in the conference standings, one game behind 10th-ranked Cal State Fullerton.
Radeke (7-1) scattered five hits to go with four strikeouts and one walk. It was the fifth straight victorious start for the junior right-hander from Santa Barbara High.
The Mustangs chased 49ers starter Andrew Gagnon after seven innings that included seven hits, three walks and nine strikeouts.
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Gagnon (4-6) came into the game leading the Big West with a 1.93 ERA.
D.J. Gentile went 2 for 3 with two RBI for Cal Poly, while Elliot Stewart was 2 for 4 with three RBI and Mitch Haniger was 2 for 4 with one RBI. Haniger now has a 10-game hitting streak.
Evan Busby drove in two runs and Matt Jensen one for the Mustangs.
Jeff McNeil, a true freshman leftfielder from Nipomo High, was 0 for 3 for Long Beach State. He came into the series batting .270, with 30 starts for the season.
Game 2 of the series is at 5:30 p.m. today, with Cal Poly planning to start Steven Fischback (4-2, 3.60 ERA) and Long Beach State (20-19, 6-7) expecting to turn to Branden Pinder (3-4, 5.55 ERA).
Cal State Northridge 4, Cal Poly 1
The second-seeded Mustangs were upset in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Championships, falling to the seventh-seeded Matadors at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens.
Cal Poly (16-6) got a 6-1, 6-1 win from freshman Jennifer Cornea over Nigora Sirojiddinova, but other than that, Cal State Northridge (16-9) swept.
“I give full credit to the Matadors,” Mustangs coach Hugh Bream said in a news release. “They played looser, and I think we played to defend our seed.”
Cal Poly is still hoping for an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships when the 64-team field is announced at 2 p.m. Tuesday.