The Cal Poly baseball team beat UC Santa Barbara 4-3 on Saturday in Santa Barbara, as freshman Kyle Smith pitched 8 1⁄3 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four.
The Mustangs (16-19, 5-3 Big West Conference) capitalized on two errors in the fourth inning to score twice and added two more in the seventh on Brian Mundell’s RBI double and Brett Barbier’s sacrifice fly.
Cal Poly took a 4-1 lead into the seventh, where the Gauchos (27-9, 5-3) scored on an RBI single and another in the eighth on a wild pitch. Taylor Chris came on in the ninth to close the game for the Mustangs.
Mark Mathias, Peter Van Gansen, and Mundell each had three hits, and Mathias and Mundell both drove in a run.
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The rubber match of the series is today at 1 p.m.
Oxnard 5, Cuesta 4
Steven Pico went 2 for 3 with two RBI, but Cuesta (18-15, 13-8 Western State Conference) couldn’t hang on to an early 3-0 lead.
Pico’s two-run single was part of a three-run second inning before Oxnard (24-8-1, 15-6) scored twice in the fifth to narrow the gap.
An error each by RJ Hassey and Brendan Jenkins in the seventh inning allowed the Condors to score three runs and take the lead for good.
Cal Poly 8-1; Hawaii 1-4
In the first game, Sierra Hyland pitched a complete game with six hits and six strikeouts as the Mustangs capitalized on an error in the fourth inning to score the go-ahead run.
Cal Poly (22-24, 5-7 Big West) opened the scoring in the second inning, when Betsy Colburn knocked in Stephanie Heyward on a sacrifice fly before Hawaii scored in the third on a double steal.
Colburn plated Heyward again in the fourth on an RBI single after an error on a sacrifice bunt allowed Heyward to advance to second and score the deciding run.
The Mustangs added six more runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Chelsea Convissar’s bases-clearing double.
In the second game, Hawaii (26-19, 7-5) struck first, scoring twice in the second and third innings.
Cal Poly cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second inning, scoring its only run when Heyward came around on Breana West’s RBI single.
Lindsey Chalmers pitched the first three innings and allowed all four runs before Hyland pitched the final four innings, giving up two hits.
UC Santa Barbara 6, Cal Poly 1
Garrett Auproux secured the Mustangs only point with a 7-6, 6-2 win in singles on the road.
Ben Donovan and Naveen Beasley avoided sweeps before they both dropped their final sets 6-4 each.
In doubles, Donovan and Corey Pang won their set 6-3, improving to 16-2 when paired together.
Cal Poly (14-9, 3-2 Big West) heads to Indian Wells next Thursday to open the Big West Conference Tournament.
UC Santa Barbara 4, Cal Poly 0
Sayaka Tsugai and Molly Reed were the only ones to take a set, but their matches went unfinished as Cal Poly was swept in both doubles matches and three singles.
The Mustangs remain winless in the Big West Conference (0-7) with the road loss.
Cal Poly finishes the regular season today, making up for an earlier rainout against UC Riverside.