The Cal Poly baseball team bounced back from its first loss of the season Friday to down Washington 5-3 on Saturday in Seattle.
Cal Poly right fielder Nick Torres hit two home runs and drove in all five of the Mustangs’ runs to lead Cal Poly (8-1) over Washington to tie the series at one game apiece.
Torres hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and a two-run shot in his next at-bat in the sixth. Washington scored two in the third inning and got one more back in the bottom of the sixth.
The Huskies (3-7) threatened in the ninth inning with runners at the corners and one out, but Cal Poly closer Reed Reilly struck out both batters he faced for his fourth save of the season.
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Matt Imhof (2-0) started for Cal Poly and gave up nine hits and three earned runs in 5 2⁄3 innings while striking out four. Michael Holback relieved Imhof after Washington scored in the sixth and gave up two hits in 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings while striking out four. No Cal Poly pitcher issued a walk.
Nick Palewicz (1-2) gave up five earned runs on five hits in 51⁄3 innings while walking one and striking out three in the loss for Washington. Right fielder Jayce Ray was 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored for the Huskies.
Despite a last-place finish in the team standings, the Mustangs had a conference champion in freshman Devon Lotito, who captured the 133-pound title with a 5-2 decision over top-seeded Brian Owen of Boise State.
Oregon State won its second consecutive Pac-12 title with 158 points, followed by Boise State at 136.5 and Arizona State at 110.5. Cal Poly was sixth with 82 points.
Britain Longmire (125 pounds) and Sean Dougherty (184) both placed fourth for the Mustangs.
Oregon State 11, Cal Poly 2, 5 innings
Northwestern 10, Cal Poly 0, 5 innings
The Mustangs were swept on the second day of the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton.
Oregon State designated player Dani Gilmore led off the early game with a solo home run, finishing 4 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Beavers.
Shortstop Elizabeth Santana was also 4 for 4 with a triple and four RBI as Oregon State (15-4) crushed Cal Poly.
Second baseman Ashley Romano was 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored for the Mustangs’ only extra-base hit. Designated player Celina Lafrades and first baseman Lauren Moreno singled for Cal Poly’s other two hits.
In the second game, Northwestern took advantage of Mustang (5-13-1) miscues, as the Wildcats
(9-9) scored seven unearned runs on four Cal Poly errors.
Second baseman Ashley Romano was the only Mustangs player with multiple hits, going 3 for 3 in the game. Lafrades was 1 for 3 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for Cal Poly.
Wildcats right fielder Olivia Duehr was 3 for 4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Pitcher Meaghan Lamberth (4-3) pitched a complete game shutout and allowed seven hits while not walking any and striking out four.
Cal Poly at Red Rocks Invitational
Paced by a 2-over 74 from Alex Phillips, the Mustangs sit in a tie for ninth place after the first round at the Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, Ariz.
Cal Poly shot a four-person total of 314, 11 strokes behind first-place Cal State Northridge.
Kelsey Chugg of Weber State was the lone golfer to break par, shooting a 71 to take the 18-hole lead into today’s second round.
UC Davis 5, Cal Poly 2
Alexa Lee and Kathryn Webb won in singles, but the Aggies (4-7) took the doubles point and four of six singles matches for the Aggies’ first Big West Conference win of the season.
Lee and Louise Oxnevad combined for an 8-3 win in doubles for Cal Poly (2-8, 0-3 Big West).