Cal Poly opened up an early 6-0 lead and held on to salvage one game of a three-game series with a 7-6 win over UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Denver Chavez helped jump start a Mustangs offense that had produced just four runs in the first two games of the series. He was 5 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. He was the only player for Cal Poly (21-8, 4-2 Big West Conference) that had multiple hits.
Brian Mundell, Nick Torres, Jimmy Allen, Peter Van Gansen and Chris Hoo each had an RBI for Cal Poly.
Mustangs starter Bryan Granger allowed one hit through the first six innings, then ran into trouble in the seventh, when the Gauchos (16-14, 3-3) scored twice. Granger (5-2) pitched 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three.
Cal Poly closer Reed Reilly came on in the sixth inning and finished the game. He allowed four runs in 2 2⁄3 innings, giving up seven hits. He had only allowed four runs all season prior to Sunday’s game.