The Cal Poly baseball team started its last Big West Conference series of the season with a 6-1 loss at Pacific on Friday, likely putting the Mustangs out of contention for an at-large bid for the NCAA Division I postseason.
Mason Radeke, who has had a stellar season thus far, gave up three early runs in the first two innings, and one in the fourth and two more in the fifth as Cal Poly (24-23, 13-9 Big West) fell behind by what would become the final score.
Radeke (8-3), the conference leader in wins with eight, lasted five innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs while giving up four walks and striking out three.
Robbie Richardson, in his first start of the season, entered the game with a 7.23 ERA but allowed just one run and four hits in five innings for the win for Pacific (16-32, 8-11).
Reliever John Prato Matthews, who came in with an ERA of 12.81, picked up his first save by pitching four scoreless innings.
The Mustangs, who had five hits and stranded five runners in scoring position, got two hits from Jimmy Allen, who finished 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Mike Miller had the lone RBI with a single in the third that brought home Allen after his one-out double. The teams meet again tonight with Cal Poly’s Steven Fischback (6-2, 3.45 ERA) taking the mound against Marcus Pointer (4-6, 5.51 ERA).
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Geoff Gonzalez had a second straight day of even play at the NCAA Central Regional in Colorado that dropped him from a tie for 19th to a tie for 27th.
Gonzalez finished the front nine at 1 under, but a late bogey on the 16th hole brought him back to even.
The final round will be played today. In order to advance to the Division I National Championships, Gonzalez must finish as the top individual not on an advancing team.
Sean Einhaus of Oklahoma State, T.J. Mitchell of Georgia and Kevin Tway of Oklahoma State all share first place in the individual standings with 7-under 137 totals.