The Cal Poly baseball team scored four runs in the first inning, then kept on scoring in a 10-5 win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly added a run in the bottom of the second to break a 4-4 tie, then added two more in the third and single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth.
Michael Sanderson was 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and two runs, and John Schuknecht 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs for the Mustangs (24-13, 6-2 Big West Conference).
Erich Uelmen (5-0) allowed five runs in seven innings, walking two and striking out five.
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Starter Noah Davis (3-2) was tagged for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings for the Guachos (25-9-1, 5-3 Big West).
The series concludes Sunday with a game that starts at 1 p.m.
Cal Poly drops doubleheader to CSUN
The Cal Poly softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to CSUN, 6-3 and 4-1, on Saturday at Bob Janssen Field.
Stephanie Heyward lasted 2 1/3 innings before being replaced by Sierra Hyland, who saw her first action on the mound since March 20, when she fractured a bone in her pitching hand.
Heyward allowed seven hits and five earned and Highland, a three-time Big West Pitcher of the Week, allowed five hits and one unearned run, and added five strikeouts.
CSUN staked a 4-0 lead after the first two innings before the Mustangs scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.
Cal Poly’s Betsy Colburn tripled to score Ashley Torino and after a walk, Chelsea Convissar singled home Colburn.
CSUN tacked on a run in the third, before Hyland had an RBI single to score Convissar in the fifth. CSUN scored their final run in the top of the seventh on an error by the centerfielder.
Cal Poly took an early 1-0 lead in the second game on a Courtney Tyler home run, which proved to be their only run of the day. The Mustangs mustered only three hits in the second game.
CSUN scored a run in the third and the fourth before adding two more in the top of the seventh.
Lindsey Chalmers earned the decision for Cal Poly and gave up nine hits, three earned runs and had three strikeouts.
Cuesta 3, Oxnard 0
Cuesta pitcher Louis Raymond retired the first 20 Oxnard batters he faced en route to a win on Saturday. Oxnard first baseman Codi Santana hit a soft liner to left field to break up the perfect game and no hitter, but Raymond went on to record the victory, finishing with 12 strikeouts.
Four of Cuesta’s five hits were for extra bases, including Robbie Silva’s RBI-triple in the second inning. Dustin Miller, Nate Javine and Garrett Giovanelli each had doubles for the Cougars.
Cuesta maintained its 2 1/2 game lead in the Western State Conference with three games remaining. The Cougars will have a rematch at Oxnard on Tuesday, followed by Pierce on Thursday.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cuesta at Western State Conference finals
The Cougars women’s team finished fifth and the men’s team was sixth at Cuesta College..
The Ventura men’s team and the Santa Barbara City women’s team defended their conference titles. Ventura topped the men’s field with 598 points, well ahead of L.A. Valley’s 524. Cuesta had 357.
Santa Barbara also easily took the title, with 708 points. Ventura was second with 583.5.
Cuesta had 302.
Ande Miller and Megan Miller had the top individual finishes for the Cougars. Ande was third in the women’s 1,650-meter freestyle in 19 minutes, 9.07seconds. Santa Barbara’s Kristina Hill won the event in 18:30.71.
Megan was third in the 200 backstroke in 2:18.64. Alexandria Kwong of Allan Hancock was the winner in 2:12.80, a Western State Conference final record.
Two Cuesta swimmers from the men’s team finished fourth: Mac Reinhart in the 200 back (1:58.98) and Mick Ringgold in the 100 free (48.37 seconds).
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Bulldog Invitational
Five Mustangs won their events at the meet in Clovis.
Alex Ziebart won the men’s javelin with a throw of 203 feet, 3 inches.
Marcus Beloney won the men’s 400 meters in 49.11 seconds, the top time by a Mustang this year.
Connor Crowe won the men’s 800 in 1:52.82.
Arnie Sambel posted a personal best to won the men’s shot put, with a distance of 54-11 1/2 . Cal Poly’s Nate Vickers was second at 50-8 3/4 .
Vickers won the men’s discus with a mark of 157-9, his best effort of the season. Sambel was second at 156-11.
Nick Bultman finished second in the men’s hammer throw (181-5), and Ben Hartinger was second in the men’s 110 hurdles (14.50). Tomi Nord was second in the men’s pole vault (15-7 1/4 ), and Brian Graber and Vince Porter tied for second in the men’s high jump (6-7 1/2 ).
Kendal Nielsen was second in the women’s triple jump (39-11 1/4 ), and Zachary Wims was third in the women’s 3,000 (8:41.86).
The men’s 4x100 relay team of Walter Finney, Amir Bradley, Tyler Rohde, and Haris Khaliq took second in 41.15 seconds.
UC Santa Barbara 5, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs suffered their first Big West Conference loss of the season, falling to the Gauchos at Mustang Courts.
With the victory, UC Santa Barbara won the regular season conference title.
Garrett Auproux and Tim Tan won their fifth straight doubles match, and Ben Donovan and Corey Pang also won their doubles match for Cal Poly (13-9, 4-1 Big West).
Donovan won a singles match for the Mustangs.
The Big West Conference Tournament begins Wednesday. Cal Poly is the No. 2 seed and will receive a first-round bye, and will play the winner of the UC Davis-Hawaii first-round matchup on Thursday at 3 p.m. in Indian Wells.