Senior shortstop Mike Miller led a 15-hit barrage as the Cal Poly baseball team completed its four-game road series sweep of Loyola Marymount with a 9-6 victory that improved the Mustangs’ overall record to 7-1 on the season.
Miller, who tripled Sunday, went 11-for-21 batting in the series and raised his season average to .432.
It was the first four-game sweep for Cal Poly since 2009, when the Mustangs took four from Cal State Bakersfield and started the season 8-1 before earning the program’s first ever trip to a Division I NCAA regional.
On Sunday, Cal Poly cruised to a 5-0 lead before the Lions (2-5) tied the score with a two-run rally in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth.
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The Mustangs took the lead for good with three runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded RBI single by sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen, who was 10 for 19 in the series, and double down the left field line by sophomore catcher Chris Hoo.
Junior right-hander Nick Grim (1-0) pitched three innings in relief of starter Kyle Brueggemann for the win, allowing one unearned run and two hits. Sophomore right-hander Chase Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth for his first save.
Former Arroyo Grande High standout Kyle Raubinger was 0 for 5 at the plate for Loyola Marymount and is now 0 for 11 on the season.
Cal Poly will play four games in the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State next weekend, facing the Aztecs on Thursday, San Diego on Friday, Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday and San Francisco on Sunday.
Trying to become the first Cal Poly wrestler to win three Pac-12 championships, senior 141-pounder Boris Novachkov lost a 5-4 decision in the finals to Michael Mangrum of Oregon State in Boise.
Novachkov, a back-to-back defending champion will still advance to the NCAA National Championships next month in St. Louis and still has a chance to become the first Mustang to become a three-time All-American.
Redshirt freshman 165-pounder Dominic Kastl was the only Cal Poly champion Sunday, taking the 165-pound title with an 8-1 decision over Bret Baumbach of Stanford.
Seeded No. 1, Kastl reached the final with a 13-3 major decision over Rush Hall of Arizona State and a 6-5 decision against Cody Weishoff of Oregon State.
Mustangs 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches placed second, dropping a 5-4 decision to No. 1-ranked Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the final.
Cal Poly 197-pounder Ryan Smith, the No. 2 seed, placed third after falling 5-2 to third-seeded Brent Chriswell of Boise State in the semifinals. Smith pinned Alan Yen of Stanford in 3 minutes, 58 seconds, in the wrestleback finals.
Kastl, DesRoches and Smith all qualified for the NCAA meet.
As a team, Cal Poly placed fifth among six schools, scoring 98 points. Oregon State won with 138 points, followed by 2011 team champion Boise State with 129 points and Stanford with 125.
MEN’S TENNISCal Poly 7, UC Davis 0
The Mustangs won their sixth straight match and second straight sweep in their Big West Conference opener at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Cal Poly (6-3) did not drop a set in the match against the Aggies (3-6, 0-2 Big West).
Andre Dome and Matt Fawcett teamed at No. 1 doubles for the first time all season to down Hugo Verdi-Fortin and Kyle Miller, 8-1.
Jordan Bridge and Brian McPhee took their match 6-2, and Marco Comuzzo and Jurgen De Jager won theirs 8-4.
Dome, McPhee, Comuzzo, De Jager, Sebastian Bell and Naveen Beasley, making his dual debut, all won in straight sets in singles.
WOMEN’S TENNISCal Poly 5, Pacific 2
The Mustangs (5-4) took the doubles point and the final four singles matches to improve to 1-1 in the Big West.
Alexa Lee and Jocelyn Davis won 8-5 in doubles, while Kathryn Webb and Ané McPike won 8-2.
When Lee and Davis faltered at No. 1 and 2 singles, Jen Cornea, Webb, Gabby Gatewood and McPike all won. Gatewood won in straight sets, while the others grinded out three-set victories.
SOFTBALLNo. 19 Oregon 11, Cal Poly 1; Cal Poly 4, New Mexico 2
The Ducks broke open a 1-1 tie in the second inning with a three-run rally and cruised from there in the six-inning early game at the Cathedral City Classic, and Mustangs pitcher Rebecca Patton rebounded to strike out a career-high 11 while giving the Lobos (13-2) just their second loss of the season in the later game.
Cal Poly (3-7) got an RBI single from Kim Westlund and a two-run double from Ashley Romano to take a 3-1 lead by the bottom of the first.
Patton (2-4), meanwhile, allowed just one New Mexico hit between the second and fourth innings.
MEN’S GOLFCal Poly Finishes 18th in Wyoming Cowboy Desert Classic
In 22nd place after the first round of play Saturday, the Mustangs climbed into 18th after the final two rounds Sunday in the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Classic at the Classic Club.
Cal Poly finished with a 296 in the second round Sunday morning and a 294 in the afternoon round to finish with an 897 total.
Cal Poly’s top finisher was Scott Patterson with rounds of 76, 71 and 70 for a 217 total, tied for 27th place.