UC Santa Barbara rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to top the Cal Poly baseball team, 8-7, in their series opener on Friday in Santa Barbara.
Mustang closer Danny Zandona entered the game with a 1.19 ERA, but gave up five earned runs on three walks and four hits in the eighth inning.
The loss ends Cal Poly’s five-game winning streak, dropping the Mustangs to 15-19 overall and 4-3 in Big West Conference play.
Cal Poly scored six runs in the second inning to take a 6-2 lead, behind a John Schuknecht two-run home run, Mark Mathias single and a Peter Van Gansen three-run home run.
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Cal Poly’s starter Casey Bloomquist allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2⁄3 innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Cal Poly scored one run in the ninth to pull within one run on two walks and a passed ball, but the Gauchos recorded the next two outs to put an end to the rally.
Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs fell behind early on the road as Hawaii scored two runs in the first inning off Sierra Hyland.
Hyland was able to retire six of the next seven batters before the Rainbow Wahine scored an insurance run on an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Chelsea Convissar and Emily Ceccacci had back-to-back triples to start the sixth inning followed by an RBI single by Courtney Tyler before Cal Poly’s rally fell short.
Hyland had four strikeouts, including her 200th of the season for a second straight year, the first time a Mustang has done so since Desarie Knipfer in 1997-98.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays
Cal Poly junior Ashley Windsor was second in the women’s 1,500 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational in 4 minutes, 20.34 seconds, the eighth fastest time in school history.
In the men’s 1,500-meter race, Nick Woolf was 21st with a time of 3:46.13. Cal Poly’s Nick Bultman placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet 8 1⁄4 inches, and teammate Nate Vickers was 10th (50-7 1⁄4).
At the Mt. SAC Relays, Danielle Bryan was third in the women’s high jump (5-8 3 ⁄4), and Mallory Patino ran the 400 hurdles in 1:01.83, the 10th best time in school history.
Western State Conference Preliminaries
Nipomo High graduate and Allan Hancock Bulldog Jared Spring broke his own school record, set last month, by 11 feet in the hammer throw with a toss of 146 feet, 10 inches.
Springer’s second place finish earns him a spot in next month’s Southern California Regional.