With an offensive explosion, the Cal Poly baseball team resumed its recent hot streak and put itself in position to win its second consecutive Big West Conference series with a 15-7 win over UC Irvine on Saturday at Baggett Stadium.
Five Mustangs had multiple hits, led by redshirt freshman second baseman Denver Chavez, who batted 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI and raised his batting average to .370 in his extended stretch filling in for injured starter Matt Jensen.
Ross Brayton batted 3 for 5 with three doubles, Adam Melker was 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Mitch Haniger was 2 for 5 with two RBI. Evan Busby was 2 for 3 and scored three times.
Cal Poly pounded out 16 hits, half of which were doubles. The eight doubles eclipsed a season high set against Long Beach State last week.
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It was the fourth win in five games for Cal Poly (14-28, 6-11 Big West), which won its first weekend series of the season when it took two of three from the 49ers.
Today’s finale, set for 2 p.m., will be televised by ESPNU.
The Anteaters (28-16, 9-5 Big West) won Friday’s game in a 3-1 pitchers’ duel where Matt Leonard was the hard-luck loser. On Saturday, DJ Mauldin got the win on the mound for Cal Poly after giving up six runs, five earned, in seven innings.
Mark DeVincenzi pitched the final two innings, securing the final out on a line drive that caromed off his abdomen and into Chavez’s glove at second.
Reliever Evan Brock suffered the loss for UC Irvine after giving up three runs in three innings, but the Mustangs also got to Anteaters starter Christian Bergman for nine hits and six earned runs in only 31⁄3 innings.
UC Irvine scored seven runs on nine hits, including two doubles and a triple, but after tying the score at 6 in the top of the fifth, the Anteaters’ offense went cold. The Mustangs took control with a six-run seventh-inning rally that pushed their lead to 14-6.
Cuesta 11, San Diego City 10, 11 innings; Cuesta 20, San Diego City 7
The Cougars found a way to stave off elimination and advance to the third round of the Southern California playoffs despite trailing 10-5 in the eighth inning of opener.
Michael Camporeale had four hits, including two doubles, for Cuesta (22-18), and Mitchell Prophet had three hits and three RBI.The Cougars exploded for seven triples in the second game en route to eliminating San Diego City College.
“We found the gap and we were running all day,” Cuesta assistant coach Casey Belt said.
Austin Cunningham and Matt Anderson had two triples apiece, and Ty Muller hit a solo home run.
The Cougars belted out 26 hits in the late game, getting four from Anderson and three each from Camporeale, Cunningham, Davey Schultz and Zach Steele.
T.J. Filicia and Scott Fleury added two hits apiece for Cuesta.
It was not immediately known who the Cougars would play next in the Southern California Super Regionals, scheduled to begin Friday.
Moses strikes out 18 for Fresno State
Former Paso Robles High star Michelle Moses set two Fresno State strikeout records in pitching the Bulldogs past Louisiana Tech 4-0 in the first game of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader. Louisiana Tech won the second game 3-1.
Moses (9-1) set her first record by striking out the first 13 batters she faced. The previous mark was nine in a row.
She finished with 18, surpassing the record of 17 for a seven-inning game set by Robin Mackin in 2006 against Kansas.
The sophomore right-hander struck out the side in every inning except the fifth and seventh. She gave up two hits and walked two.
“It was great to be out there and get the job done,” Moses told The Fresno Bee. “I mixed my pitches and they were all working.”The Bulldogs (36-17, 15-6 WAC) are seeded No. 2 for the WAC tournament and play the winner of Wednesday’s No. 3 Boise State-No. 6 New Mexico State game at 1 p.m. Thursday.
After each strikeout, the partisan crowd of 1,245 chanted the numbers one-by-one. Moses? She was oblivious to it all, even after getting Molly Goza on a called strike for the record 18th to end the game.
“It’s not something we keep count on,” she said with an ice pack covering her right shoulder. “It’s great to hear afterward, though, but not important during the game. When I’m throwing good, I’m just focusing — not thinking — and trying to get the out.”
Moses had no chance for the single-game record. Jamie Southern holds that with 22, but it came in a 1-0 win against Tulsa in 17 innings in 2002.
TRACK AND FIELD
Big West multi-events
Cal Poly’s Corbin Duer finished fifth in the men’s decathlon at the Big West Conference Championships in Northridge.
Duer was in sixth place after Friday’s first day but passed teammate Dominic Byrne to finish fifth.
Duer scored an event-best 865 points after he cleared 15 feet, 11 inches in the pole vault and sat just nine points from third place entering the final event, but scored just 591 points after finishing the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 54.65 seconds.
On the women’s side, Cal Poly’s Turqouise Williams moved up two spots to finish seventh in the heptathlon.
Williams moved up with a 17-3 long jump, outscoring Sara Macey of Long Beach State and teammate Sara Klein by more than 100 points.
Cuesta at Southern California preliminaries
Cuesta sent 13 athletes to the Southern California finals next weekend in Mission Viejo.
Christine Weinreich qualified in all three throwing events, finishing third in the women’s discus (130 feet, 2 inches), fourth in the hammer (147-11) and sixth in the shot put (36-0).
Former Shandon High standout Bryce Van Boxtel finished second in the men’s 800 in 1 minute, 55.15 seconds.
Five Cuesta pole vaulters moved on to the finals, including Sara Pizzo and Nicole Worden, who both met the women’s qualifying standard of 9-6.
Craig Van Leeuwen, Zach Siegmeier and Sam Sampson all cleared the men’s standard of 15-1.
The Fresno Bee contributed to this report.