Junior left-hander Matt Leonard picked up his first victory of the season, Luke Yoder homered twice to move into a tie for second on Cal Poly’s all-time career list, and the Mustangs baseball team won its ninth in the past 12 games with an 8-4 win.
A hard-luck 0-7 coming into the game, Leonard pitched his first complete game of the season, the first since he pitched a no-hitter for the summer collegiate Santa Barbara Foresters last summer.
He allowed nine hits while striking out nine and walking just two to beat the Tigers (30-18, 11-8 Big West Conference) at Baggett Stadium on Friday.
Yoder, batting .324 with a team-high 11 home runs coming into the game, went 3 for 4 with four RBI on a solo and a three-run home run. He also doubled.
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Trying to become the first Cal Poly player to bat .300 or better for four years, Yoder has 30 home runs in his career. Only Steve Wood, who hit 41 homers from 1998-2000 has more. Monty Waltz hit 30 from 1982-85.
David Van Ostrand homered and doubled while also batting 3 for 4 for the Mustangs (19-30, 9-13 Big West), who moved into fifth place in the conference standings.
Bobby Crocker was 2 for 5 with a run, and J.J. Thompson doubled for Cal Poly, which will host Pacific in the second of a three game series — the Mustangs’ final Big West series of the season — today at 6 p.m.
Moses loses in NCAA opener
Paso Robles High graduate Michelle Moses hit a two-run home run but took the pitching loss as Fresno State lost to San Diego State 3-2 in the opener of the UCLA Regional in the NCAA Tournament.
Fresno State (39-20) will play St. Mary’s, an 11-4 loser to UCLA, in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. today.
Moses smacked a two-run homer in the top of the seventh for the Bulldogs to make it close.
The Bulldogs hurt themselves by leaving nine runners stranded. They only had five hits to San Diego State’s eight.
Cal Poly’s Pace Johnson qualified for the California State Amateur by finishing in a tie for second-place in the Cypress Ridge Qualifier on Thursday.
Johnson scored a 3-under 69 to tie Russell Boring of Westlake Village for second place. Brian Wiggins of Morro Bay took the top spot with a 68.
The 99th California State Amateur is scheduled for June 21-26 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and La Jolla Country Club, both in San Diego.
Joining Johnson will be Mustang teammate Geoff Gonzalez, who captured the 98th California State Amateur at Lake Merced Golf Club in 2009, becoming the first player in 15 years and only the 12th overall to win the championship and medalist honors.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cuesta College at state meet
Cuesta’s Christine Weinreich finished in seventh place in the women’s discus throw with a mark of 145 feet, 2 inches at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster.
Weinreich, a former star at Arroyo Grande High, was the only one of eight Cuesta athletes who completed an event Friday.
Mike Hollis competed in the first five events of the decathlon, but his score was unavailable.
Weinreich will be competing in the hammer today as the meet concludes.
Nipomo high grad Jeannette DeWitt, now at Santa Rosa College, finished fifth in the women’s discus at 148-0.