The Cal Poly men’s tennis team came within a few games of its best result of the season, falling 4-3 to No. 29 Denver on Thursday at the Cal Poly courts.
Cal Poly swept through the doubles point to claim an early lead, but singles play was much more competitive.
Jordan Bridge and Drew Jacobs won singles matches for the Mustangs (5-12), who saw the outcome of the dual hinge on the match between Cal Poly’s Brian McPhee and Denver’s Jens Vorkefeld.
Vorkefeld claimed a 7-5, 7-6 decision to win the dual for the Pioneers (18-2).
Santa Barbara 3, Cuesta 2
Ty Muller had two hits, including an RBI double for the Cougars (13-13, 4-6 Western State Conference).
Jon Moscot was the hard-luck loser, allowing eight hits in a complete-game effort.
Mitchell Prophet and Austin Cunningham added a double each for the Cougars.
“We competed very well on the mound,” Cuesta coach Bob Miller said. “We just left some runners out there.”
Ventura 8, Cuesta 2
Alex Ramirez was the lone Cougar to collect more than one hit as she had two singles and a stolen base.
The Cougars led 2-0 after three innings, but Ventura broke the game open late, scoring all eight of its runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
McKenna Coelho added a hit and an RBI, and Breanan Silzer had a hit and a run scored for Cuesta (15-17-1, 9-4).
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational
Dominic Byrne is second in the men’s decathlon after scoring 3,443 points at the UCLA-hosted event.
Byrne cleared 6 feet, 31⁄2 inches in the high jump to earn 731 points, his high total of the day.
Jordan Goffena was seventh with 3,208 points, with Corbin Duer in ninth with 2,754 points.
They trail Sacramento State’s Sam Schur (3,567).
On the women’s side, Sara Klein and Turquoise Williams competed in the heptathlon for the Mustangs.
Klein scored 759 of her 2,831 points in the high jump after she cleared 5-31⁄4.
Williams scored 2,678 for the Mustangs.
The competition will conclude today in Los Angeles.
Cuesta athletes of the month
Cuesta sophomore Christine Weinreich, a former Arroyo Grande High standout, already entered this track and field season as the best Cougars women’s thrower in program history.
The South Dakota State signee only improved upon that distinction, furthering her own school hammer throw record twice en route to being named the college’s Female Athlete of the Month.
Weinreich also owns the program record for the discus and ranks second all-time in the shot put.
Weinreich’s hammer throw record is up to 154-6, a mark she hit at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays. It’s also the best mark in Southern California so far this year.
The Male Athlete of the Month went to sophomore basketball player Seth Koenig, a former Templeton High standout who was recently named to the All-Western State Conference first team.
Koenig averaged 15.5 points, and six rebounds and in two March playoff games he upped those totals to 31 points and eight rebounds. Koenig scored a career-high 40 in a two-point loss to No. 2 Citrus in a Southern California Regional Final, and the Cougars finished 26-6.
Cal Poly academic selections
Cal Poly is represented by 11 student-athletes on the All-Big West Winter Academic Team.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving team sent nine athletes to the team, including Dane Philpot, Aaron McKinnon, Steven Donohue, Joshua Cutts and Zachary Cutts from the men’s side.
On the women’s team, Lacey Buck, Caitlin Lee, Amy Morales and Carly Rowan were honored.
Women’s basketball guard Rachel Clancy was joined on the team by men’s guard Charles Anderson.
To be eligible for the team, student-athletes had to have maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, be of sophomore standing and competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.
Only UC Santa Barbara (17) and UC Davis (16) put more athletes on the all-academic team than Cal Poly.