Keeping it close was just not enough for the Cal Poly baseball team Friday.
On the first day of their season, the Mustangs suffered two late-game rallies to fall to North Carolina 2-1 and then to Missouri 10-9 in six innings.
Against North Carolina, it was a pitching dual for the most part. Mason Radeke took the hill for the Mustangs and went five innings and allowed five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. His only blemish came in the first inning, when he allowed his only run of the game.
Chris Munnelly pitched 61⁄3 innings and allowed just one earned run for the Tar Heels.
Against Missouri, the game was called after six innings because of weather conditions. It was just long enough for the Tigers to take a one-run lead for the victory — their first lead of the game.
After the Tigers scored three runs in the fifth inning to tie it 4, the Mustangs pieced together five runs in the sixth. But Missouri brought home six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead before the game was called.
Steven Fischback went 4 1⁄3 innings with four earned runs in his first start for the Mustangs since 2008.
BYU 8, Cal Poly 6; Tennessee 11, Cal Poly 2, 6 innings
In their first game of the Louisville Slugger Tournament at UNLV, the Mustangs (1-6) went up 6-3 by the third inning against the 23rd-ranked Cougars but gave up five runs in the next three innings.
Rebecca Patton, the pitching starter for Cal Poly, went 4 2⁄3 innings with six strikeouts.
Ashley Romano, Anna Cahn and Nicole Lund all had two-hit games. Lund and Patton had the only extra-base hits for Cal Poly with a double apiece.
In the second game, against the No. 3 Volunteers, the Mustangs had only three hits.
Cahn provided the only offense with solo home runs in the second and fourth innings.
The game was eventually called in the sixth inning on the mercy rule after a grand slam put Tennessee up by nine runs.
Cuesta College’s home baseball game against El Camino on Friday was pushed back until today at 2 p.m.
The Cougars will then play a home doubleheader against Citrus on Sunday.
In softball, Cuesta’s games in the College of the Sequoias tournament in Visalia were moved from Friday and today to today and Sunday.
Cal Poly’s men’s tennis match against Sacramento State scheduled for today was moved to Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.
The Mustangs’ women’s tennis match at Santa Clara was postponed until 1 p.m. Monday.