Cal Poly’s baseball team rallied for five ninth-inning runs Saturday to beat UC Irvine 7-3 after trailing 3-2 entering the final inning.
The Mustangs (21-20, 10-7 Big West Conference) reeled off three straight base hits after Mitch Haniger drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth inning.
A few sacrifice bunts and two more base hits later, Cal Poly had plated five runs to take the 7-3 lead.
The Mustangs tallied 13 hits, which included a 3-for-5 performance by Mike Miller. Miller is now hitting .369 on the year, still a team-leading mark.
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Both D.J. Gentile and Denver Chavez collected two hits with two RBI, and teammate J.J. Thompson was 2 for 4 with a run scored for the Mustangs.
Steven Fischback scattered nine UC Irvine (30-13, 9-5) hits, walked one and struck out four in eight innings before Frankie Reed finished things off for the Mustangs.
The two teams conclude the series today at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.
Cerritos 4, Cuesta 3
In what was a 3-3 game in the top of the eighth inning, a slip by outfielder Davey Schultz proved to be the deciding factor as the Cougars were eliminated from the Southern California regional playoffs with a second straight loss.
The Falcons’ Hector Gomez lined a seemingly harmless ball into right field in the top of the eighth inning, and while charging it, Schultz slipped, which allowed the ball to roll to the wall. Gomez later scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.
Michael Camporeale, the Western State Conference Northern Division player of the year, went 4 for 4 with a run scored for Cuesta (22-16).
Alex Detz, another first team all-division player, accounted for all of Cuesta’s runs, going 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI.
John Tiedemann pitched eight innings for Cuesta, giving up six hits, four runs — two earned— three walks and struck out two.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Big West Championships
Mustangs senior Corbin Duer placed second and teammate Dominic Byrne finished fourth in the men’s decathlon at the Big West track and field championships in Irvine.
The 2-4 finish gives the Mustangs 13 team points as the meet continues Friday in Irvine. Only the decathlon and heptathlon competitions were held this weekend.
Duer finished with 7,350 points, setting a school record that was previously set in 2003 by Jon Takahashi, who had 7,307 points.
Duer, who was in second place at the end of Friday’s first day, placed third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.51 seconds), third in the discus (131 feet 3 inches), first in the pole vault (16-0), fourth in the javelin (171-8), and second in the 1,500 meters (4:41.12) Saturday to finish 59 points behind winner Nicholas Armstrong of Long Beach State.
Byrne, who slid down a spot after finishing in third after Friday’s events, placed first in the javelin (181-7) and second in the 110 hurdles (15.26).
On the women’s side, Cal Poly’s Turquoise Williams placed sixth in the heptathlon at 4,779, and teammate Emily Kressin finished eighth at 4,666 with a first-place finish in the 800 meters (2:18.52).
The Cal Poly women have four team points.
Cal State Northridge’s Sherrina Lofton won the heptathlon with 5,371 points.
Cal Poly 5, UC Davis 2; UC Davis 9, Cal Poly 1, 6 innings
In the first game at Davis, the Mustangs (9-34, 5-12 Big West) scored five unanswered runs to rally past UC Davis (22-24, 7-10).
Ashley Romano was 2 for 4 with a run scored, and Stephanie Correia was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Cal Poly.
Rebecca Patton gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits in the complete-game victory.
In game two, Mustang starter Anna Cahn spotted the Aggies two runs in the bottom of the first, and it was all Davis would need. Cahn had one of two Cal Poly hits in the game when she hit a second-inning solo home run.