The Cuesta College baseball team fell behind early and could never recover Saturday, losing 6-2 to Cypress at home in the first game of the CCCAA Regional Playoffs.
The Chargers (23-14) struck for two runs in the top of the first on a two-run single off Western State Conference pitcher of the year David Murillo.
After an RBI single in the fourth gave the Chargers a 3-0 lead, Chris Lindmark drove in Cody Lavalli with an RBI single, cutting the deficit to two for the Cougars (23-14).
Cuesta made it 4-2 on a LaBronze Sanderson RBI single in the seventh, but Cypress added two more runs in the eighth to shoot down any hopes of a Cougars rally.
Murillo gave up six runs, five earned, on 12 hits and struck out five in 7 2⁄3 innings.
Sanderson finished with two hits and an RBI, and Bryce Marcoullier and Michael Nieporte had two hits apiece.
Robert Chavarria had three hits, an RBI and a run scored, Jake Clark had two RBI and Rowan Wick had a solo home run for the Chargers.
Game two in the best-of-three series will be played today at Cuesta Field at 11 a.m. If the Cougars win, a deciding winner-take-all game will be played at 3 p.m.
Cal Poly 12, UC Davis 7
Mitch Haniger had three hits, including the tying, two-run home run in the top of the seventh, to go with four RBI and three runs scored as the Mustangs (27-18, 10-7 Big West Conference) came back to even the three-game series.
Cal Poly blew the game open in the eighth, scoring five runs on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Brewer, RBI singles by Mike Miller and Haniger and run-scoring doubles by Tim Wise and Jimmy Allen.
Nick Torres added a solo home run in the ninth.
Chase Johnson gave up one run on three hits over 4 2⁄3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Mustang starter Kyle Anderson gave up six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in 41⁄3 in the no-decision.
Cal Poly’s top four hitters in the lineup combined for 11 hits and seven RBI.
TRACK & FIELD
Hasay at Oregon Twilight Meet
Oregon’s Jordan Hasay finished fourth behind three professionals in the women’s 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 19.90 seconds.
Nike’s Sara Vaughn won in 4:17.92, Jemma Simpson was second in 4:18.20 and Bridey Delaney was third.
Hasay, a Mission Prep graduate, was running in only her third outdoor meet of the season and in only her second 1,500 after running the 5,000 last week at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Up next for Hasay is the Pac-12 Championships next Saturday and Sunday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Big West Multi-Events
Cal Poly’s Whitney Sisler placed sixth in the women’s heptathlon at UC Irvine, finishing with 4,839 points.
Sisler had the top long jump at 19 feet, 4 inches.
Teammate Calynn Stanford placed 11th with 4,339 points. UC Santa Barbara’s Barbara Nwaba was first with 5,709.
In the men’s decathlon, Cal Poly’s Devin Bennett placed eighth with 6,310 points.
Derek Masterson from UC Santa Barbara placed first with 7,355 points.
UC Santa Barbara 4, Cal Poly 1; UC Santa Barbara 5, Cal Poly 4, 8 innings
The Mustangs (12-33, 4-13 Big West) blew leads in both games as the Gauchos (26-28, 11-6) swept the doubleheader.
In the first game, Cal Poly was up 1-0 after the top of the third, but a solo home run by Santa Barbara tied it. The Gauchos added two more in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back.
Nora Sobczak had two hits, and Celina Lafrades had the lone RBI for the Mustangs.
In the nightcap, Cal Poly tallied a season-high 13 hits, but couldn’t hold a 4-3 lead in the seventh, when Gauchos shortstop Keilani Jennings hit a solo home run to send the game to extra innings.
Santa Barbara would walk off in the eighth on an RBI single by Lauren Boser.
Sobczak led the Mustangs with four hits and a run scored. Madi Vogelsong had a double and a home run, and Whitley Gerhart added a home run and three RBI for Cal Poly.