The Cal Poly baseball team beat Santa Clara 10-6 on the road Tuesday as a four-run first inning by the Mustangs proved to be the difference.
Brian Mundell and Brett Barbier each had a two-run double to put the Mustangs up in the top of the first inning.
The scoring continued for both teams as Santa Clara (16-23) got as close as 6-4 before Cal Poly scored three runs on Peter Van Ganen’s home run in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
Van Gansen finished 2 for 4 with three RBI, two runs and a walk, and Mark Mathias added four runs, going 2 for 3 with three walks for Cal Poly (17-20).
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The Mustangs resume Big West play Friday at home against Long Beach State.
Cuesta 4, Oxnard 2
Alex Fagalde pitched a complete game, striking out seven, as Cuesta moved into a tie with Santa Barbara for second place in the Western State Conference Northern Division.
R.J. Hassey had two RBI for the Cougars (19-15, 14-8 WSC), and Steven Pico and Josh Sidley each drove in a run.
Oxnard mounted a late comeback, scoring a run in the eighth and ninth innings, but fell short.
Casciola takes home honors
Former San Luis Obispo High standout Davey Casciola was named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week.
Casciola batted .643 (9 for 14) with nine RBI, three doubles, a triple and three runs for Cal Lutheran in its three-game sweep of Occidental. As a senior in 2012, Casciola was named PAC 7 MVP.
Cuesta 10, Ventura 3; Cuesta 7, Ventura 6, 9 innings
The Cougars swept their doubleheader against Ventura to move into second place in the Western State Conference Northern Division.
Marissa Tabares pitched two complete games, combining for 16 innings, nine strikeouts and nine earned runs.
Mikala Strum had four RBI in the first game, and Cuesta scored six runs in the sixth to put Ventura away.
Cheyenne Hufstetler scored on a Strum fielder’s choice to earn a walk-off win in the second game.
Cuesta lead 5-1 entering the sixth inning, but Ventura erupted for four runs to tie the game. In the eighth, Ventura had a solo home run to take the lead, but the Cougars tied it after Marisa Fruzza doubled to score Tabares.
Big West Championships
Cal Poly’s Desiree Gillaspy and Madison Hirsch posted final day scores of 74 and 75, respectively, to finish in the top 20 at the par-72 El Macero Country Club while the Mustangs placed fifth with a team total of 914.
Hirsch improved on her second-day score of 77 to finish tied for 14th at 227, while Gillaspy moved up 10 spots to finish tied for 20th at 231.
UC Davis won its sixth consecutive team title with a 858 while Aggie Andrea Wong was the individual champion with an 8-under 208.