The Cuesta College baseball team kept its regional playoff hopes alive with a 10-inning, 13-11 win at Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon.
The Cougars (19-17, 10-10 Western State Conference) will learn their postseason fate when the field is announced Sunday, but they will likely be awarded a berth, head coach Bob Miller said.
Cuesta was recently three games back of Santa Barbara in the WSC standings before closing the gap to force Friday’s effectual play-in game for the potential at-large playoff spot. The Cougars hold the tiebreaker over the Vaqueros on the season.
“It’s been exciting to see what our team has been able to do,” Miller said of the late-season roll.
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After a 3-0 Santa Barbara ninth inning, Cuesta scored twice Friday in the top of the extra inning to come away with the win.
“It was a battle,” Miller said. “Both teams played with everything they had.”
Cuesta’s Matt Anderson finished 3 for 6 with a double and three runs scored, while teammate T.J. Filicia was 3 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Atascadero High grad Austin Cunningham added a two-double performance in the win, and Mitchell Prophet had a home run for the Cougars.
Jake Reed entered in the eighth inning for Cuesta and earned the win by yielding four hits and striking out a batter and walking none in 1 1⁄3 innings. Former San Luis Obispo High standout Jared Levin came on in the 10th to earn the save.
WOMEN’S TENNISBig West Conference ChampionshipsCal Poly defeated Cal State Northridge 4-1 in the quarterfinals, advancing to face No. 1 seed Long Beach State in the semifinals at 9 this morning.
In singles Friday, the fourth-seeded Mustangs (16-6) claimed three wins. Cal Poly’s Brittany Blalock topped Nina Jaworowski 7-6 (2), 6-1, Suzie Matzenauer ousted Brooke Doane 6-2, 6-3 and Jocelyn Davis dispatched Anna Yang 6-3, 7-5.
The Matadors (12-8) lost both their matchups in doubles, as Steffi Wong and Alexa Lee paired to down Jaworowski and Whitney Paluch 8-4, and Diane Filip and Ashley Pane vanquished Nigora Sirojiddinova and Maria Pistalu 8-1.
TRACK AND FIELDOregon RelaysOregon freshman Jordan Hasay, an Arroyo Grande native and 2009 Mission Prep grad, placed third at Hayward Field in the women’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 17.37 seconds.
First and second, respectively, were claimed by Oregon Track Club Elite’s Jemma Simpson (4:12.72), a 2008 Olympian in the 800 for Great Britain, and New Balance’s Sarah Bowman (4:13.02), a former University of Tennessee All-American.
Cuesta at Western State Conference FinalsCraig Van Leeuwen won the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 17 feet, 1 inch, while teammate Zach Siegmeier (15-7) was second.
Paul Brown won the men’s 400 in 49.99 seconds, and the Cougars swept the top three spots in the men’s 1,500 with Oscar Peña (3:59.54), Taylor Castanon (4:00.64) and Travis Hallanan (4:03.61). Hallanan also finished second in the 5,000 in 15:29 to help Cuesta’s men finish third in the team standings.
The top six finishers in each event automatically qualify for the Southern California finals next week.
Sara Pizzo won the women’s pole vault with a personal best of 10-10, while Nicole Worden was second (10-1) and Nicole Foster was fifth (9-1). Devon Kelsey was fourth in the women’s 1,500 in a season-best 4:49.43 and fifth in the 800 (2:24.22).
Christine Weinreich was fifth in the women’s shot put with a throw of 38-6. She had already automatically qualified in the hammer throw for the regional meet with the second-best mark in the state this year.