After storming out of the gate with a convincing three-game sweep of Oklahoma State, the Cal Poly baseball team stumbled in a 5-2 home loss to Santa Clara on Tuesday night.
Evan Busby had two doubles and two RBI, but he was the only Mustang with multiple hits as Cal Poly (3-1) struggled at the plate.
Freshman right-hander Sanny Zandona allowed four runs on five hits in the four-plus inning loss for the Mustangs. He struck out four and walked one.
Reed Reilly, Chris Taylor, Nick Grim and Chase Johnson allowed just one run on three hits in five innings of relief work, but the damage was already done.
Powell Fansler gave up two runs on two hits in five innings in the win for the Broncos (4-0).
Cal Poly will play its next nine games on the road, including a four-game series at Loyola Marymount this weekend.
Cuesta seeded No. 9 in regional playoffs
After winning their third Western State Conference Northern Division title in four seasons, the Cougars (23-7, 11-1 WSC) will open the playoffs on the road at No. 8 seeded Chaffey on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Rancho Cucamonga in the opening round of the Southern California regional playoffs.
Monterey Peninsula 12, Cuesta 5; Monterey Peninsula 7, Cuesta 5
In the opener, the Cougars (2-8) were down 7-1 after three innings.
Sara Hoversten and Kyrn Matsutani each hit a triple during a four-run fifth inning for Cuesta.
In the nightcap, the Cougars held a 5-0 lead after three innings, but Monterey Peninsula rallied and scored seven runs in the fourth.
Kelly Lockwood hit a home run for Cuesta, and Mandi Miller and Alyssa Reynoso each a double for the Cougars.
Cal Poly at the Folino Invitational
Both the Mustangs men and women finished in sixth place after three days of competition at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palm Resort in the City of Industry.
The men’s team carded a four-person final-round 291 total on the par-72 Eisenhower Course, finishing with a 908 total over 54 holes.The Mustangs’ top individual finisher was Grant Martens, who completed a ninth place tie with a five-over-par 221 total.
Bryce Greeley carded a final-round 74 for a 228 total and a tie for 23rd place.
Long Beach State won the men’s team title with an 879 total, followed by Pepperdine at 881 and Cal State Fullerton at 882.
For the Cal Poly women, Asia Adell and Taylor Yoshitake tied for 12th place with 230, and Morgan Thomas shot a 242 to finish in a tie for 36th.
The Mustangs finished with a final team score of 947, 50 strokes behind first-place Gonzaga. Host Cal State Fullerton was second (910), and Long Beach State finished in third (918).