USC scored 13 runs — seven in the eighth inning — as the Cal Poly baseball team fell 13-0 to USC on Saturday at Baggett Stadium.
After winning the series opener Friday 5-4, Cal Poly was unable to find a spark against the USC pitching, which held the Mustangs to four hits.
Kyle Twomey (4-1) pitched six scoreless innings for USC and allowed two hits and had four strikeouts.
Kyle Smith (1-4) took the loss for the Mustangs, lasting 51⁄3 innings while allowing four walks and five earned runs on four hits.
USC (18-5) scored two runs in the fourth inning, when Blake Lacey singled up the middle, scoring two. The Trojans got four more runs in the sixth inning and broke the game open in the eighth, when they scored seven runs.
After loading the bases, Jeremy Martinez singled to center, scoring two. Timmy Robinson singled in the next at-bat, which scored one and Dante Flores singled in another run in the next at-bat. Blake Lacey then roped a double down the left field line, scoring one and David Oppenheim followed with a single, which scored two.
The Trojans relied on small ball to beat Cal Poly (7-12), amassing 15 hits, only one of them for extra bases. The Mustangs had three errors in the game.
The Mustangs did not get a runner to second base until the final two innings.
Cal Poly threatened to score in the ninth when Brian Mundell doubled. Mundell would later reach third, where he was then stranded.
Cal Poly’s four hits included singles by shortstop Peter Van Gansen, outfielder Zack Zehner and second baseman Alec Smith and the double by Mundell.
Bobby Stahel had three hits for the Trojans.
Cal Poly’s Justin Calomeni is scheduled to face USC’s Mitch Hart in the rubber match of the series at 1 p.m. today at Baggett Stadium.
Cabrillo 6, Cuesta 1; Cabrillo 9, Cuesta 7
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