Cal Poly pitchers allowed three home runs, and the UC Santa Barbara baseball team evened up a three-game nonconference series with the Mustangs with a 7-3 victory at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Saturday.
Steven Fisher and Marc Venning hit solo home runs off Cal Poly starter Matt Imhoff, and Brandon Trinkwon’s two-run blast in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie for the Gauchos in Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos (12-9) had only three home runs total in their first 20 games of the season.
For today’s 1 p.m. finale, the series returns to Baggett Stadium, where the Mustangs (12-9), ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, won 7-0 on Friday.
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Former Santa Barbara High standout Denver Chavez led the Cal Poly offense. The second baseman was 3 for 5 with a double and a run to raise his team-leading batting average to .386.
Centerfielder David Armendariz was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Mustangs, who tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI groundout by Jimmy Allen in the top of the sixth.
Imhof ended up with a no decision, leaving after the fifth inning, and Danny Zandona (2-1), another Santa Barbara High graduate, was saddled with his first loss of the season after giving up Trinkwon’s homer.
Cal Poly at NCAA Championships
Mustang senior Rachel O’Brien broke her own school record in the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships held at the Indianapolis University Natatorium.
O’Brien finished 18th in the prelims, with a time of 1 minute, 56.78 seconds. She will be an alternate for the finals.
O’Brien came into the meet seeded 29th in the event, with the old school record of 1:57.27, and is the first woman to swim at the NCAA Championships for Cal Poly since the team moved to the Division I level in 1994.
Cal Poly 7, Portland 0
The Mustangs men’s tennis team swept a nonconference match against Portland at home.
Cal Poly (7-5) clinched the doubles point when Andre Dome and Jordan Bridge defeated the Pilots’ team of Alex Ferrero and Ratan Gill, 8-2.
Cal Poly’s Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson de- feated Michel Hu Kwo and Jackson Martin in doubles, 8-2, before fellow Mustangs Naveen Beasley and Derek Klein edged Justin Guay and Kent Andreasen, 8-5.
In singles, Dome, the No. 30-ranked player by the ITA, defeated Gill 7-5, 6-3. Bridge clinched the singles victory for Cal Poly when he bested Hu Kwo, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
Cal Poly hosts Tulane (10-4) today at 1 p.m.
Long Beach State 5, Cal Poly 4; Long Beach State 1, Cal Poly 0
Successive sixth-inning home runs by the 49ers sank the Mustangs 5-4 during the opening game of a doubleheader against Long Beach State.
In the first game, the Big West Conference opener for both teams, the 49ers (20-13, 2-0) grabbed a 2-0 lead during the top of the third inning with a two-run double down the left field line from Darian Tautalafua.
Cal Poly (10-19-1, 0-2) tied the score in the fifth, but a leadoff single from Long Beach’s Nalani St. Germain was followed by a two-run Tautalafua homer. The next 49er, Karli Sandoval, lined a solo homer over the left field wall to put Long Beach State up 5-2.
In the second game, the 49ers scored the only run in the fourth on an RBI single by Sarah Carrasco.
The series concludes today at noon.