After a rough second-half of the season, the Cuesta baseball team is heading to the postseason.
The Cougars defeated Ventura 10-8 in their regular-season finale Friday, clinching one of two playoff spots out of the Western State Conference Northern Division for next week’s regional playoffs.
The win marked the end of a three-game losing streak for Cuesta (23-13, 12-8 WSC), and the end of a second half of the season where the Cougars dropped nine of their past 13 games. That skid came after the Cougars reeled off 17 straight wins.
Against Ventura, the Cougars started early, scoring six runs through the first three innings to take a 6-3 lead. From there, the Cougars didn’t look back.
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In the win, Josh Miller went 3 for 4 with three RBI, LaBronze Sanderson went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Michael Nieporte went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
UC Santa Barbara 4, Cal Poly 3
Alexa Lee, Jocelyn Davis, Jen Cornea and Kathryn Webb all lost to open singles play, and the Mustangs were knocked out of the Big West Championships at Indian Wells by UC Santa Barbara.
Gabby Gatewood won at No. 5 singles 7-6, 6-4, and Ireen Kuipers won at No. 6 singles 6-3, 6-4 for Cal Poly (10-11).
The doubles duo of Lee and Davis won 8-6, and Cornea and Gabby Gatewood won 8-5 to earn the doubles point.
On the men’s side, UC Davis defeated Pacific, 4-1, Friday and will play Cal Poly in the semifinals today.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
After winning the women’s 1-meter diving event Thursday, Kristen Brimage placed fifth in the 3-meter diving with a score of 196.75.
The Cougar women are now in 11th place with 92 points. Diablo Valley is in first with 321.5.
For the Cuesta men, Matt Giancanelli placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 42.81 seconds.
Giancanelli was also a member of Cuesta’s 800 freestyle relay team, which also placed seventh in 7:00.09.
The Cuesta men sit in ninth place with 129 points entering the final day of competition today.