Despite finishing with a winning record, the Cal Poly baseball team was swept in its last three-game series of the season, falling 3-1 in a nonconference matchup at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.
The Mustangs (27-26) got a quality start from sophomore pitcher Joey Wagman, who allowed two runs on six hits through seven innings, but the Cal Poly offense only managed six hits and did not get a leadoff runner on base until the ninth inning, when the Mustangs scored their only run.
Making his third start in the past 10 days, Mike McCarthy got the win for the Roadrunners (33-22), an independent team that goes into the postseason on the bubble for an NCAA regional berth.
McCarthy allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight and walking one. Wagman (4-3), who sports a 3.62 ERA, struck out seven and walked two.
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Evan Busby was 2 for 4 and was the only batter with multiple hits for the Mustangs, who did not have an extra-base hit.
Cal State Bakersfield broke up a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with back-to-back doubles by DC Legg and Cael Brockmeyer. The Roadrunners got single runs in the seventh and eighth innings with a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout.
Cal Poly avoided being shut out for the fifth time this season when Matt Jensen hit a sacrifice fly to score D.J. Gentile in the ninth.
Having completed Big West Conference play last weekend, the Mustangs were already locked into a third-place finish with a 15-9 record.
The Roadrunners will find out whether they’ve made the cut for the road to Omaha during today’s selection show, which is scheduled to air on ESPN beginning at 9:30 a.m.