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Cal Poly men’s basketball secures first victory in Long Beach since 2010

Cal Poly sophomore guard Donovan Fields (3) scored 14 points and handed out three assists during the Mustangs’ 78-71 victory at Long Beach State on Thursday night.
Cal Poly sophomore guard Donovan Fields (3) scored 14 points and handed out three assists during the Mustangs’ 78-71 victory at Long Beach State on Thursday night.

There’s something about this Cal Poly men’s basketball team pulling off upsets.

The Mustangs rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to defeat Long Beach State 78-71 in a Big West Conference matchup Thursday night at Walter Pyramid.

Senior Ridge Shipley and junior Victor Joseph scored 17 points apiece to help Cal Poly earn its fourth conference victory of the season, and all four have come against the top four teams in the Big West standings.

Junior forward Luke Meikle added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in 32 minutes. Junior Aleks Abrams grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the visiting Mustangs, who won in Long Beach for the first time since 2010.

Cal Poly (9-18, 4-9 Big West) made 13 of its 32 attempts from behind the 3-point line and held a 43-40 edge in rebounding.

Temidayo Yussuf scored a game-high 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the 49ers. Evan Payne added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Justin Bibbins contributed 10 points and six assists to lead Long Beach State (13-17, 8-6 Big West).

The Mustangs will be back in action when they play at UC Riverside at 5 p.m. Saturday, a game that will be televised on Fox Prime Ticket.

Mustangs baseball falls at Stanford

Stanford pitchers struck out 15 Cal Poly hitters and held the Mustangs to one hit in the first six innings en route to a 5-2 victory in a nonconference baseball game Thursday night at Sunken Diamond in Stanford.

The loss dropped Cal Poly, playing its first four games this season against Pac-12 foes, to 1-3. Stanford improved to 2-2.

Starter Kris Bubic (1-1) struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings for the win, coming out of the game after giving up two runs and three hits. Closer Colton Hock struck out in the ninth for his first save.

Cal Poly scored its two runs in the seventh when Brett Binning drew a bases-loaded walk and Nick Meyer came home on a wild pitch.

Thursday’s game was a makeup of Monday’s contest scheduled for Baggett Stadium but postponed due to rain.

Cal Poly opened a three-game non-conference series Friday night at Pacific (1-2).

Fresno State squeaks by Mustangs softball

Senior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out 11 Fresno State batters without a walk Thursday evening, but the Bulldogs pushed across two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Mustangs opened the Bulldog Classic with a 3-2, eight-inning loss at Margie Wright Diamond in Fresno.

Tied 1-1 with the international tiebreaker rule in effect to begin the eighth, Cal Poly senior left fielder Courtney Tyler started the inning on second base. She reached third base through a groundout from freshman first baseman Hailey Martin before scoring on a wild pitch from Fresno State starting righthander Kamalani Dung (6-2) to provide Cal Poly a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, however, Fresno State shortstop Katie Castellon lined a two-out, two-run double to left center field to score pinch runners Brooke Coates and Christina Rodriguez as the Bulldogs walked off 3-2 winners.

Hyland, who posted her second successive double-digit strikeout game, kept Fresno State (7-4) to just three hits while striking out a pair of Bulldogs in both the fourth and sixth innings.