Freshman starter Chase Johnson allowed three runs in 3 1⁄3 innings, and the Cal Poly baseball team lost the rubber match of a Big West Conference series with Long Beach State, 5-2, on Sunday.
The loss dropped Cal Poly two games behind conference leaders Cal State Fullerton.
The Mustangs (19-19, 9-6) mustered eight hits, including two by J.J. Thompson, but left six on base. Cal Poly grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Thompson scored on Elliot Stewart’s squeeze bunt in the second inning.
The 49ers (22-19, 8-7) scored two in the third inning and two in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.
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Long Beach State starter Ryan Strufing allowed four hits and an unearned run in 5 2⁄3 innings. Cal Poly scored an unearned run in the seventh on a bases-loaded groundout by Tim Wise, but the 49ers scored in the bottom of the seventh for the final margin.
Cal Poly’s Mitch Haniger went 0 for 4 and saw his 11-game hit streak come to an end.
The Mustangs host Saint Mary’s in a nonconference game Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Baggett Stadium.
SOFTBALLCal State Northridge 7, Cal Poly 5
Mustangs senior Anna Cahn hit her Big West Conference-leading 12th homer, but the Matadors rallied for five runs with two outs in the sixth inning.
The Mustangs (8-33, 4-11) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings. But starter Rebecca Patton, who had allowed only one hit after four innings, gave up two runs in the fifth and five in the seventh in the loss. Patton allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks in 5 2⁄3 innings.
Hannah Fraijo earned the win for Cal State Northridge (18-29, 6-9).
Kim Westlund went 3 for 4, Cahn went 2 for 4 with the homer, Stephanie Correia was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Nora Sobczak was 2 for 5 with a run for Cal Poly.
TRACK AND FIELDHasay at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
Former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay finished fifth in the event at Stanford.
Hasay, a sophomore at Oregon, posted a time of 4 minutes, 10.28 seconds. She ran in the top division and was one of only two collegians in a field of pros.
Katie Follet won the race in a time of 4:08.95.