Cal Poly had a chance to do a lot more than just win a Big West Conference men’s tennis match Saturday.
The Mustangs had a chance to defeat their rivals at home, a chance to preserve an undefeated Big West record and a chance to claim the Big West regular season title.
But the Mustangs fell short.
Cal Poly lost to UC Irvine 5-2 in a home match, capping what had been a season filled with wining streaks on a losing note.
The Mustangs (14-5, 4-1) took the doubles point with wins by the duos of Andre Dome-Alexander Sonesson and Jordan Bridge-Marco Comuzzo.
But in singles play, UC Irvine turned everything around. The Anteaters took all but one matchup to keep their undefeated Big West record intact.
The Mustangs however did claim the No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament that starts Thursday, earning them a bye.
Cal Poly 5, Long Beach State 4, 8 innings
It took 20 days, but Cal Poly finally ended its eight-game losing streak.
With the score at tied at 4, Nicole Lund scored in the bottom of the eighth inning after an errant throw to first by Long Beach State’s Liz Javier, giving Cal Poly (7-31, 3-9 Big West) its first win since April 3.
Rebecca Patton went the distance in the circle for Cal Poly. She gave up four runs, walked two and struck out one. She also belted her first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 4-4 tie.
That helped send the game into extra innings where, after a walk and two errors, the Mustangs avoided being swept for the third straight weekend.
The 49ers fell to 30-14 and 8-4.