It’s been an improbable run for the Cuesta College baseball team to the Southern California Super Regionals.
The Cougars snuck into the playoffs after being left for dead midway through the Western State Conference season. Originally seeded 16th in the region, Cuesta won a play-in game in extra innings just for the right to travel to play No. 2 San Diego City College in a three-game playoff.
The Cougars dropped the first game in San Diego before coming back to sweep a doubleheader the next day.
After letting a 3-0 lead slip at No. 1 Santa Ana in a 4-3 loss in Game 1 of the super regional Friday, Cuesta has another rocky road ahead.
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One more loss and the unlikely run comes to an end.
Cory Ginther started for Cuesta, allowing three earned runs in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks.
Scott Fleury was 3 for 3 with a double for Cuesta, while Ty Muller and T.J. Filicia had two hits apiece.
Former San Luis Obispo High standout David Schultz had a triple for Cuesta.
The Cougars will play Bakersfield at 10 this morning to continue the double-elimination tournament.
Cal Poly 6, UC Davis 4, 12 innings
The Mustangs got solid outings from starter Matt Leonard and reliever Jeff Johnson in the win.
Leonard gave up three earned runs in 71⁄3 innings, walking none and striking out five before Johnson pitched the final 42⁄3 innings, allowing just two hits and walking two (one intentionally).
Cal Poly’s Adam Melker reached base six times, hitting two singles, a double and walking three times. He also scored twice.
Down a run entering the ninth, Luke Yoder walked, advanced to third on a Melker single and eventually scored in a fielder’s choice.
The Mustangs (16-29, 7-12 Big West Conference) got the winning runs in the 12th when Bobby Crocker singled home Melker and Denver Chavez before Johnson closed it out on the mound.
Cal Poly 12, Pacific 3; Pacific 8, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs pounded out 17 hits in the opener, including four by Dana Perez and three each by Krysten Cary and Shea Williams.
Cary hit a home run and added three RBI in the opener, and Anna Cahn scattered seven hits and three runs for the Mustangs (22-24, 11-9 Big West Conference).
In the late game, Pacific (24-29, 10-10) roughed up Rebecca Patton, scoring seven runs in the first four innings.
Cal Poly had just three hits in the game, including a two-run home run by Cahn.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Big West Championships
Joe Gatel won the men’s 10,000 in 30 minutes, 59.30 seconds in Northridge.
Carl Dargitz finished second in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 8:57.14, while teammate Andy Wright (9:01.38) finished third.
Corbin Duer was third in the men’s javelin, throwing 181 feet, 3 inches.
Cal State Northridge leads the men’s team race with 67 points followed by Cal Poly with 62. UC Santa Barbara is third with 56.5.
Kayleigh Tyerman finished second in the women’s 1,500 preliminaries, qualifying for the finals in a time of 4:33.92.
Jasmine Picket finished seventh in the women’s long jump after leaping 18-10.
Cal State Northridge leads the women’s team competition with 79 points, 14 ahead of second-place UC Santa Barbara. UC Davis checks in third with 39 points, while Cal Poly is sixth with 16 points.
The meet concludes today.