The Cal Poly baseball team beat CSU Bakersfield 6-1 Tuesday afternoon, scoring all six runs on seven hits in the seventh inning to come back from a 1-0 deficit at Baggett Stadium.
Zack Zehner led the No. 5 Mustangs (24-4) at the plate, going 4 for 4 with four singles and an RBI. Jordan Ellis had the only extrabase hit for Cal Poly, a double in the first inning.
Along with Zehner, Chris Hoo, Time Wise and Brian Mundell also drove in runs in the decisive seventh inning.
Taylor Chris relieved starter Slater Lee in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and struck out the only two batters he faced to earn the win. Reed Reilly earned the save, pitching the final two innings and striking out three.
Prior to the game, Mustangs Mark Mathias and Matt Imhof were honored for their performances this past weekend in their Big West-opening series sweep of UC Davis.
Mathias was honored by College Sports Madness as its Big West Conference Player of the Week as he went 6 for 10 with four RBI. He extended his hitting 17 games before going 0 for 5 against the Roadrunners.
Imhof was named one of five national players of the week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and also was named national player of the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for his complete-game, four-hit shutout over the Aggies.
Cal Poly hosts conference rival and No. 17 UC Santa Barbara (19-5, 1-2) in a three-game series Friday through Sunday at Baggett Stadium.
Cuesta 7, Pierce 6
Down by two, the Cougars rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning with David Belt scoring the go-ahead run on a double by Clayton Schuler.
Jordaan Salas was 2 for 3 with three runs for Cuesta (7-19, 3-10 Western State Conference), and Nick Rutckyj was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Belt also drove in three runs.
Cuesta 9-8, Ventura 8-7
Savannah Johnson went 6 for 7, and Bri Ojela went 6 for 9 for the Cougars (9-2 WSC) in their doubleheader sweep against Ventura that put Cuesta atop the conference standings.
In the first game, Johnson hit a triple in the top of the eighth inning and scored on Ojela’s sacrifices fly to break an 8-8 tie. Ojela finished the game with three RBI.
In the second game, Cuesta led 7-6 in the top of the seventh, when it added an insurance run on a Nikki Luiz single that scored Victoria Roberts.
Ventura scored once in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cougars.
Cuesta’s Mikala Strum finished the second game 2 for 4.