The Cal Poly baseball team gave up six runs in the fourth inning — five of them unearned after a two-out error — in a 7-1 non-conference loss to Cal on Tuesday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.
The No. 17 Bears (20-9) of the Pac-12 Conference utilized four hits, two walks, a hit batter and the two-out infield error for the six runs to break up a scoreless game.
Cal Poly (19-12), coming off a Big West Conference-opening series win against Cal State Fullerton over the weekend, averted a shutout with a run in the eighth inning on two walks and an RBI single through the left side of the Cal infield by designated hitter Josh Olivarria.
Each team collected just five hits.
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Freshman starter Cam Schneider did not allow a hit in three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth when Cal loaded the bases with a single, double and walk. All three runners eventually came home, though only one of the runs was earned. Schneider struck out four.
The win went to Cal starter Tanner Dodson (1-2) as he scattered four hits over six scoreless innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Cal Poly stranded runners at second and third in the sixth inning and a pair of double plays in the fourth and fifth frames thwarted Mustang rallies as well.
Cal Poly resumes conference play Friday night with the first of three games against first-place Hawai’i.