The Cuesta College baseball team rallied late to force extra innings, scoring three runs in the seventh and one more in the ninth, but Santa Barbara plated a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning for the 9-8 win over the Cougars on Tuesday.
The Cougars (22-11, 11-7 Western State Conference-Northern Division), who opened up conference play winning nine of 10 games, have lost seven of their past nine, including two straight to the Vaqueros. Cuesta and Moorpark are tied for the division lead, and Santa Barbara is one game back with two games left in the regular season.
The Vaqueros jumped to an early lead, going up 5-1 after three innings and led 8-4 before the Cuesta rally.
Cody Lavalli was 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored, LaBronze Sanderson was 2 for 5 and Bryce Marcoulier added a two-RBI single for the Cougars.
Brett Haringa took the loss for Cuesta, giving up one run on two hits, including the game-ending wild pitch, in one inning of relief.
Zachary Sehner was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and four RBI for Santa Barbara.
Fresno State 3, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs (22-17) blew a 2-0 lead and managed just four hits in their seventh loss in the past 10 games.
After Cal Poly scored two runs in the sixth, the Bulldogs (17-20) answered with two of their own. Fresno State took the lead an inning later on an RBI groundout.
Mustangs starter Bryan Granger threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and walking one in the no-decision.
Reliever Michael Holback gave up one run on one hit over 1 1⁄3 innings in the loss for Cal Poly.
Mike Miller and Tim Wise each had a hit and one run scored for the Mustangs.
Oxnard 5, Cuesta 2; Cuesta 5, Oxnard 1
The Cougars (10-27) completed their season with a doubleheader split against the Condors.
In the first game, Laura Haines was 2 for 4 with a triple, and Katie Rinder had a double for Cuesta. Becca Lenz gave up five runs on eight hits in the complete-game loss.
In the second game, Danika Gaslan gave up one run on five hits, striking out three for the Cougars in the complete-game win. Kelly Lockwood and Sara Hoversten both had a double, and Laura Haines had three hits for Cuesta.
Big West Championship
Cal Poly carded a final-round 302, placing fifth with a team score of 931 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club after three days of play.
UC Davis took the team title at 898. In second was UC Irvine (911), followed by Cal State Fullerton (920) and Long Beach State (924).
Asia Adell shot a 3-over 75 to finish at 230 for the Mustangs, and tied for 11th with Ellen Krausse of Northridge.
Bev Vatananugulkit of UC Davis finished with a 4-over 220 to medal for the Aggies.
Kirsten Locke shot a 233, and Caitlin Farley shot a 234 for Cal Poly.
TRACK & FIELD
Sugishita wins at Atlantic Sun Championships
Former Arroyo Grande High standout Kenny Sugishita set a meet record in the discus, throwing 172 feet, 4 inches, a day after winning the shot put (54-0 1⁄2, a school record) and the hammer throw (185-11) for the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Sugishita helped the men score the most points in school history (106) in a fourth-place team finish over the weekend.