The Cal Poly baseball team lost 6-2 at UC Irvine on Friday, falling to 9-7 in the Big West Conference.
The Mustangs (20-20 overall) led 1-0 after the top of the fourth inning, but the Anteaters went on to break the game open with a four-run seventh.
Triples by Brian Hernandez and Christian Ramirez keyed the seventh-inning outburst for UC Irvine (30-12, 9-4), which has won 19 of its past 20 home games.
Mason Radeke (7-2) suffered the loss, ending his seven-game winning streak. The junior right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in 62⁄3 innings. He had three strikeouts and one walk.
Anteaters starter Matt Summers (7-2) struck out 10 batters and didn’t issue a walk while scattering six hits in eight innings.Bobby Crocker was 2 for 4 for Cal Poly.
Mitch Haniger had a solo home run in the top of the ninth, and D.J. Gentile had an RBI double for the Mustangs.
Cerritos 9, Cuesta 4
Staring at a 5-1 deficit going into the sixth inning, Cuesta scored three runs to make it a 5-4 game. That was, however, the closest the Cougars would get to a victory.
The Falcons erased Cuesta’s three-run rally with a five-run rally of their own, winning the first game of a Southern California regional playoff series.
Phillip Gerber went 51⁄3 innings and allowed five earned runs off nine hits.
He got help from his offense in the fourth inning, when Michael Camporeale drew a bases-loaded walk.
In the sixth, LaBronze Sanderson singled to left field to bring in two runs, and former San Luis Obispo High star Darren Mullen hit an RBI single to left.
But the Falcons scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-4 lead and held on for the victory.
The two teams play again today at 11 a.m. with Cuesta needing a win to stay alive in the best-of-3 format. If the Cougars win, a winner-take-all game would follow today’s first game.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cuesta at Southern California Prelims
Former Arroyo Grande High standout Austin Field broke the Cougars’ school record in the discus as 11 athletes qualified for the finals.
Field qualified for two events. He qualified in the men’s discus, with a mark of 153 feet, 2 inches, and the men’s shot put at 49-10 1⁄2.
Derick Hinch (15-1) and Chris Bet (15-1) both qualified for the men’s pole vault, while former Shandon High star Bryce Van Boxtel (1:54.02) and teammate Mike Salvatierra (1:54.08) qualified in the men’s 800 meters.
Dominic Powell qualified in the men’s high jump (6-5 3⁄4), while Templeton’s Paul Denlinger (9:37) and Brecon Welton (9:53) both qualified in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase.
On the women’s side, Grace Mann and Arroyo Grande’s Rachel Murphy both qualified in the pole vault. Mann and Murphy both finished with marks of 10-1.
Kasey Urman of Templeton qualified in the 1,500 in 4:51.98.
Cal Poly at Big West Conference Championships
Mustangs Corbin Duer and Dominic Byrne sit in second and third, respectively, after the first day of the men’s decathlon in Irvine.
The two are separated by just 25 points, with Duer at 3,726 and Byrne at 3,701. Long Beach State’s Nicholas Armstrong is in first at 3,917.
Duer placed third in the 100 meters, third in the long jump, fourth in the shot put and second in the high jump. Byrne tied for seventh in the 100, placed fourth in the long jump, third in the shot put and third in the high jump.
Cal Poly’s Turquoise Williams is sixth after the first day of the heptathlon with 2,939 points. Williams finished seventh in the 100 hurdles, tied for second in the high jump, was 11th in the shot put and seventh in the 200 meters.
Sherrina Lofton of Cal State Northridge is in first with 3,259 points.
Cuesta athletes of the month
Murphy (track and field) and sophomore Evan Norton (swimming) have been named the Cougars’ athletes of the month for May.
Murphy is the state’s top-ranked women’s pole vaulter after capturing the Western State Conference title.
Cuesta’s leading scorer for the season, Murphy also competed in the 100-meter dash (with a time of 12.71 seconds, which ranks her fifth all-time at Cuesta) and anchored both the 400 relay and 1,600 relay.
Norton was selected as the male athlete of the month after a record-breaking performance in the pool. Norton swam the mile in 16:30.22, three seconds faster than the former school record. The All-American finished second in the 500-yard freestyle at the WSC championships and finished first in the consolation finals at CCCAA championships in the same event.