Cal Poly lost 5-4 to California in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. The Mustangs had a 3-1 lead erased in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run by Robbie Tenerowicz.
Nick Halamandaris broke the 3-3 tie in the sixth with an RBI double, and Cal tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on Brian Celsi’s RBI single that proved to be the winning tally.
The Mustangs had three sacrifice flies over the first five innings to build a 3-1 lead. Kyle Marinconz got Cal Poly on the board when he singled in the first and, after a double by Nick Meyer, scored on a Brett Barbier sacrifice fly.
Marinconz singled again in the third, and both Meyer and Barbier followed with singles to load the bases. Marinconz scored on John Schuknecht’s sacrifice fly, but the Mustangs left two runners on base.
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Barbier reached base in the fifth after being hit by a pitch for the 14th time this season and scored on Michael Sanderson’s sacrifice fly. Barbier extended his hitting streak to 15 games and has reached safely in 39 games.
On the mound for the Mustangs, freshman Bobby Ay allowed one run and three hits in five innings in his first collegiate start. Freshman Thomas Triantos picked up the loss after 2/3 of an inning in relief, giving up three runs and four hits.
Akaash Agarwal went 1 2/3 innings for Cal to record the win, and Keaton Siomkin earned the save.
Cooper Moore doubled in the ninth and later scored on a Marinconz fielder’s choice before Meyer popped out to end the game.
The Mustangs resume Big West play Friday with a three-game series at Long Beach State.