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Cal Poly baseball team rallies past CSU Bakersfield, 6-4, for nonconference victory

Cal Poly’s Kevin Morgan went 3 for 5 with a home run and triple during the Mustangs’ midweek win at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night.
Cal Poly’s Kevin Morgan went 3 for 5 with a home run and triple during the Mustangs’ midweek win at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Junior outfielder Kevin Morgan went 3 for 5 with a triple and home run to help Cal Poly defeat Cal State Bakersfield 6-4 Tuesday night in a nonconference baseball game at Hardt Field.

The Mustangs (29-22) overcame a 4-3 deficit when freshman Nick Meyer and junior Michael Sanderson each hit RBI singles in the seventh inning. Morgan added an insurance run in the ninth with an RBI triple, his first of the season.

Brett Barbier (2 for 4), Josh George (2 for 4), Brett Binning (2 for 4), Meyer (2 for 5) and Sanderson (2 for 5) all collected multiple hits in the victory.

Cal Poly’s top three starting pitchers were reinstated Tuesday after being suspended for last weekend’s home series against UC Irvine. Sophomores Jarred Zill, Kyle Smith and Erich Uelmen each pitched against the Roadrunners (15-35), though it was reliever Slater Lee who earned the victory.

Zill allowed one hit over four innings before handing the ball to Smith. The lefty faced only four batters and gave up two runs on three hits and was pulled in favor of Justin Bruihl. Lee pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts, and Uelmen did not allow a hit over the final 2 1/3 innings to earn the save.

Cal Poly is back on the road this weekend for a three-game series at UC Riverside, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

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