Junior centerfielder Mitch Haniger hit a three-run home run, and the Cal Poly baseball team had the tying run on third base in the eighth inning Friday, but the Mustangs’ comeback effort fell short in a 5-4 loss to San Diego, their second one-run defeat in two days at the Aztec Invitational.
Cal Poly (7-3), ranked as high as No. 22 in one national poll, fell behind 5-1 after six innings at San Diego State’s Tony Gwynn Stadium. Mustangs starter Joey Wagman (2-1) had only allowed one run through five innings against the Toreros (7-3) before they used three doubles for four runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie and chase him from the game.
Cal Poly got back-to-back singles by Evan Busby and Mike Miller to lead off the top of the seventh, when Haniger connected for his second home run of the season to cut the lead to one.
The Mustangs advanced David Armendariz to third base in the eighth inning on a Miller single, but Tim Wise grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Miller was 3 for 5 at the plate, and Nick Torres (2 for 5) and Jordan Brower (2 for 3) were the other Cal Poly players with multiple hits. Andrew Daniel batted 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI to lead San Diego.
Wagman gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits in 5 1⁄3 innings. He did not allow a walk but hit three batters.
Michael Holback gave up one hit over the final 2 2⁄3 innings for Cal Poly, which will play Wisconsin-Milwaukee today at 3 p.m.
Cal Poly 3, Charlotte 2; Cal Poly 6, St. Joseph 4
Cal Poly (5-7) swept its opening-day matchups in the San Diego Classic.
Cal Poly pitcher Rebecca Patton had five strikeouts, two runs and four hits against Charlotte. Ashley Romano went 1 for 2 with a double.
Against St. Joseph, Chloe Wurst had five strikeouts, gave up no runs and two hits in five innings of relief for the Mustangs.
Celina Lafrades went 2 for 3 as Cal Poly had six hits.
The Hawks led 4-1 in the third inning, but the Mustangs rallied for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly at Pac-12 Championships
Cal Poly remained in eighth place with 94 points in the third day of the meet in Long Beach.
Konrad Antoniuk and Cater Price advanced to the finals in the 400-yard individual medley. Antoniuk placed 19th with a time of 3 minutes, 58.38 seconds, and Price placed 24th with a time of 4:04.76.
Mackey Hopen placed 16th in the100 breaststroke, finishing in 56.22.