The Notre Dame baseball team scored early and held on late to beat Cal Poly 6-5 on Saturday, handing the Mustangs their first series loss.
Irish third baseman Eric Jagielo had a solo home run with two outs in the top of the first, and the Irish scored four more runs in the top of the third, highlighted by shortstop Lane Richards’ two-run single.
Jagielo was 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI, and Lane Richards was 2 for 5 with the two RBI.
Cal Poly starter Bryan Granger (3-2) was chased after the Richards single and lasted 22⁄3 innings, giving up five earned runs and six hits. Michael Holback relieved Granger and kept the Mustangs in the game by only allowing one run over the next 4 2⁄3 innings.
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Cal Poly (15-4) outhit Notre Dame 14-12 and did not commit an error to Notre Dame’s three, but could not overcome the early hole.
Notre Dame starter David Hearne only lasted 2 2⁄3 innings and gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Matt Ternowchek (2-0) entered the game in the sixth with Cal Poly down two with two runs already in and runners on the corners and allowed just one Mustangs run in ending the threat.
Dan Slania pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings for his second save of the season.
Mustangs designated hitter Brian Mundell was 3 for 4 with a run scored to raise his batting average to .345. Right fielder Nick Torres was 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI, and shortstop Peter Van Gansen was 2 for 4 with two doubles a run and an RBI for Cal Poly.