The Cal Poly baseball team held off a UC Irvine rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a 9-6 win Friday night in the series opener at Anteater Ballpark.
Casey Bloomquist allowed nine hits over 81⁄3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts for his sixth straight victory after starting the year 0-2. Bloomquist allowed five runs — two earned — and Danny Zandona secured the last two outs in relief for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs (23-23, 10-6 Big West) opened the scoring early on a two-run single by Brian Mundell in the first inning. The Anteaters (29-17, 11-5) came back to score an unearned run in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.
Mundell tripled home a run, and Brett Barbier had a two-run double as the Mustangs retook the lead in the fifth. Jordan Ellis also doubled in the fifth to score a run.
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Barbier doubled in another run in the seventh before Ellis hit an RBI triple — his Big West-leading sixth triple of the year. Ryan Drobny used a suicide squeeze bunt to score Cal Poly’s final run.
The second game of the series is today at 7:05 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. The Mustangs are one game out of second place and two games behind Big West-leading Cal State Fullerton (12-4).
UC Riverside 6-8, Cal Poly 2-1
The Mustangs dropped both games on the road despite Emily Ceccacci going a combined 5 for 7 with a home run.
In the first game, Cal Poly took a 1-0 lead when Betsy Colburn drove in Stephanie Heyward in the top of the second inning before the Highlanders (38-17, 10-10 Big West) answered with one of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Ceccacci again gave the Mustangs a short-lived lead on a solo home run in the fifth inning before Sierra Hyland gave up four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Hyland pitched a complete game with five strikeouts.
In the second game, Ceccacci was 2 for 4 as Cal Poly (22-32, 5-15) scored its only run in the third inning when Heyward scored from third on an error.
Heyward gave up five runs in three innings before Lindsey Chalmers came on to pitch the final three innings.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Big West Multi-Event Championships
The Mustangs’ Ted Scranton and Ivy Adair hold the top two spots in the decathlon after the first day with 3,546 and 3,538 points, respectively, at UC Riverside.
Long Beach State’s Herman Day is in third place with 3,534 points.
Scranton won the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 4 inches and was second in the 400 meters in 51.24 seconds while Adair won the long jump (22-3).
In the heptathlon, Jessica Davis is in eighth place (2,793) and Jessica Rasmussen is in 10th (2,574) while CSUN’s Olympia Jewett is in first (3,049).
The decathlon and heptathlon conclude today to kick off the conference meet, which will resume next Friday and Saturday.