With runners on first and second base in the top of the ninth inning, the Mustangs brought on Bobby Crocker to pinch-hit and tie the score or win it.
However, Crocker hit into a double play, and the Mustangs fell at Long Beach State 4-3 on Saturday in a Big West Conference baseball game.
It was a back-and-fourth affair, with Long Beach State taking a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth when Juan Avila hit an RBI single to right field.
It nullified the 3-2 lead that Evan Busby had given the Mustangs with an RBI single in the top of the seventh. But with the help of Avila and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, Long Beach State evened the series 1-1.
Cal Poly starter Steven Fischback pitched 61⁄3 innings, giving up three runs off seven hits.
At the plate, the Mustangs (19-18, 9-5) combined for seven hits.
Elliot Stewart went 3 for 4, Evan Busby went 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Matt Jensen went 1 for 4 with two RBI.
Jeff McNeil, a true freshman from Nipomo High, had two RBI for the 49ers (21-19, 7-7).
In the eighth inning, McNeil made a key catch at the warning track on a would-be hit by Mustangs clean-up hitter J.J. Thompson, and then made a diving catch in left-center to end the inning.
Pacific 4, Cal Poly 3
The second-seeded Mustangs were edged by the third-seeded Tigers in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
In doubles, Cal Poly got an 8-3 win from former Arroyo Grande High star Andre Dome and Alexander Sonesson over Ivan Castro and Alex Golding.
The Mustangs took a 3-0 lead in singles when Sebastian Bell swept Lance Dugan 6-3, 6-3 and Dome beat Artem Gramma 6-1, 6-2, but Pacific won the next four matchups to advance.
Cal Poly is hoping for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament when the 64-team field is announced at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
TRACK AND FIELD
MEN: UC Santa Barbara 104, Cal Poly 102; WOMEN: UC Santa Barbara 110, Cal Poly 78
The Mustangs set 17 personal records against UC Santa Barbara, but both the men’s and women’s teams lost.
LeAnne Fogg won the women’s 1,500 meters, setting a personal-best mark of 4 minutes, 24.46 seconds. Whitney Sisler won the women’s high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
On the men’s side, Brandon Shirick won the 1,500 and set a PR (3:48.19), and Eric Suprenant set two PRs. He won the 110 hurdles (14.79) and finished second in the 400 hurdles (52.17).
Jamison Jordon also placed first in both the 100 (10.58) and the 200 (21.49). Both times were PRs.
Cal Poly 4, Cal State Northridge 2; Cal State Northridge 4, Cal Poly 1
In the first game, a two-out single to center by Stephanie Correia in the top of the seventh inning drove in the two go-ahead runs for the Mustangs (8-32, 4-10 Big West) at Matador Diamond.
Rebecca Patton was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Ashley Romano went 2 for 3 for Cal Poly. Former St. Joseph High standout Mariah Cochiolo had a double.
Patton struck out seven, walked two and gave up seven hits in the complete-game win.
In the nightcap, Correia hit her third homer of the season, but the Mustangs couldn’t capitalize on six other hits. Romano and Kim Westlund were each 2 for 3.
Patton took the loss, giving up 10 hits in 4 1⁄3 innings.