The Cal Poly baseball team got its overall record back above .500 Tuesday, rallying from a 3-0 deficit against Saint Mary’s to claim a 5-4 nonconference win over the Gaels.
With no extra-base hits, Cal Poly (20-19) scored runs with simple station-to-station baseball, drawing four walks to go with 10 singles.
Mitch Haniger was 3 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI for the Mustangs, and Elliot Stewart was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI as well.
Denver Chavez collected two hits with a run scored and an RBI.
While Mustang starter Kyle Anderson struggled a bit, the relievers picked him up. Joey Wagman, who came in during the sixth inning, had a nearly perfect 32⁄3 innings. He held the Gaels to no hits or runs and walked one with five strikeouts.
Cal Poly will return to Big West Conference play with a three-game road series against UC Irvine starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Western State Conference honors
Twelve Cuesta baseball players were named to the all-conference teams.
Michael Camporeale, an outfielder from Littleton, Colo., was named the league’s Player of the Year after leading the Cougars in nearly every offensive category. He hit .384 with 39 RBI, 14 doubles, four triples and six home runs, and also had 14 stolen bases this season.
Making the first team were pitchers Phillip Gerber (who moved up from second team last year) and John Tiedemann (a former San Luis Obispo High standout), first baseman Max Duval (San Luis Obispo High), second baseman Alex Detz (Mission Prep) and outfielder Davey Schultz (San Luis Obispo High). Gerber was also awarded a WSC gold glove.
Catcher Chris Lindmark, third baseman Andrew Montanari and outfielder LeBronze Sanderson were all named to the second team. Pitcher Jonathan Christensen, reliever Jared Levin and catcher Michael Nieporte (San Luis Obispo High) were all honorable mention selections.
The Cougars finished the regular season in second place in the Northern Division at 22-14 and will play at Cerritos to open the Southern California regional playoffs Friday.
TRACK AND FIELD
Former Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay has been named the Pac-10 women’s track athlete of the week for her performance in Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford.
Hasay, an Oregon sophomore, finished fourth in the women’s 1,500 in 4 minutes, 10.28 seconds. She finished behind all professional runners and recorded the fastest college time in the country by more than a second. Her time was a personal record by more than three seconds, moved her from fifth to fourth on Oregon’s all-time list and is the fastest time by a Duck since 1984.
Hasay, who led the Ducks to the NCAA women’s indoor title in March by winning the mile and the 3,000-meter run, also has the second-fastest NCAA time in the women’s 5,000 this season at 15:37.29.
Big West Conference Championships
Cal Poly slipped into fourth place by two strokes behind Cal State Northridge on the final day of action at the Mission Viejo Country Club’s par-72 course.
UC Davis captured its second championship in three years, finishing with a 7-over total of 871. Cal Poly finished at 897. Pacific was second at 888, and Cal State Northridge finished 895.
Arroyo Grande High grad Bryan Pierce, who started the final round in a three-way tie for third place, finished with that spot all by himself, carding a 2-over 74. He finished even at 216 for the tournament.
Geoff Gonzalez finished with a 6-over 222 and tied with three others for seventh place. Pace Johnson, who started the day tied for 11th, finished tied for 14th, carding a 226 for the Mustangs.
Former Morro Bay High star Matt Hansen, a UC Davis freshman, finished in 18th with a 229 total.