The Cal Poly baseball team fell 7-1 to previously one-win Dartmouth on Monday at Baggett Stadium, as the Mustangs gave up five runs in the sixth inning, Cal Poly pitchers walked six batters and preseason All-American Mark Mathias went 0 for 4 with five runners left on base.
Andrew Bernstein (3-2) took the loss for the Mustangs (7-14), allowing five hits, five runs — all earned — and four walks with four strikeouts.
The Big Green went ahead 5-0 in the sixth before Cal Poly got a run back in the bottom of the inning, when Peter Van Gansen led off with a triple and scored on Brian Mundell’s groundout. Nick Suniga came on to pitch the seventh and gave up three straight doubles as Dartmouth increased the lead to 7-1.
Slater Lee allowed two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings of relief.
Ryan Drobny was 2 of 4 for the lone multi-hit performance for the Mustangs, who have been outscored 29-3 in their past three games.
It was Cal Poly’s fifth game this season without committing an error.
Dartmouth improved to 2-14 and snapped an eight-game losing streak — five of which came against other Big West opponents.
Cuesta’s Jenkins named WSC male athlete of week
Right-handed pitcher Brendan Jenkins earned the conference-wide honor for extending his consecutive scoreless streak to a Cougar-record 35 innings.
He was on the mound for Cuesta for a 4-0 win over Oxnard, throwing a complete game with five hits, two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Cal Poly 5, Boise State 2
A 10-match unbeaten streak came to an end for sophomore doubles partners Ben Donovan and Corey Pang, but the rest of Cal Poly picked up the slack in a road win at Boise State.
Garrett Auproux teamed with Devin Barber to win their set 7-5 to clinch the doubles point for the Mustangs (10-7), and Karl Enander and Lucas Lesoeur won their doubles set 6-3 to make up for Donovan and Pang’s 6-3 loss.
Pang came from behind to win his singles set 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, and Lesoeur, Naveen Beasley and Axel Damiens each picked up straight-set singles victories.
Hawaii 4, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs won the doubles point but dropped to 0-3 in Big West play following the loss to Hawaii.
Zoe Oedekerk and Molly Reed, and Hannah Stone and Emily Gibbens won best-of-8 supersets to ensure Cal Poly (2-10) won the doubles point, but the Rainbow Wahine won four of six singles matches.
Reed and Oedekerk earned singles victories, but the other four Mustangs fell in straight sets.
Lassiter earns Team USA U-23 call-up
Ari Lassiter, who was a 2013 Big West all-freshman team member before leaving Cal Poly to pursue a professional career, was one of 18 players called up to the national team’s under-23 training camp.
The squad has upcoming matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday and Denmark on March 31 in preparation for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship in October.
Lassiter, a winger, scored five goals for the Mustangs in 2013 before signing with GAIS — a second-tier club in Sweden. He spent one season abroad before returning to California this past December, when he signed with LA Galaxy II, which serves as the reserve squad and namesake of the MLS team and competes in the third-tier USL Professional Division.
Cal Poly assistant garners developmental award
Bernardo Silva, a third-year assistant for the Mustangs, was named Cal South’s 2015 Nike Developmental Coach of the Year for instruction in the Girls Youngers age group.
Silva coaches youth teams for San Luis Obispo Soccer Club’s girls developmental program, the SLO Storm, which won the U-15 Cal South State Cup in 2014.