CSUN scored five runs in the fourth inning en route to a 7-2 win over the Cal Poly baseball team in the opening game of a doubleheader, before winning 5-3 in the nightcap in a Big West Conference matchup on Saturday at Matador Field.
Cal Poly led 2-1 before CSUN used four hits, a walk and two wild pitches to take a 6-2 lead.
After CSUN scored an unearned run in the first inning, Cal Poly responded with a solo home run by Alec Smith in the second before Nick Meyer hit an RBI single.
John Schuknecht and Kyle Marinconz each had two of the Mustang’s seven hits.
CSUN’s Elias Orona hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, in the second inning. The home run was the first starting pitcher Kyle Smith’s has allowed in his collegiate career, a stretch of 165 2/3 innings. Smith (5-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings with two hits and four strikeouts. He also had four wild pitches.
Nick Viola (1-0) earned the win, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed no walks, two hits and four strikeouts.
In the second game, CSUN took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI ground-out by Berry. The Mustangs tied the score at 1-1 after Alec Smith and Dylan Doherty singled before Binning drove in Smith with the third single of the inning.
Cal Poly scratched out an unearned run in the fourth when Brett Barbier singled, stole second and took third on a throwing error by the pitcher. Barbier scored on a ground out by Michael Sanderson. Kevin Morgan later singled home Sanderson in the seventh, before CSUN scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to erase the Mustang’s lead.
The Matadors chased Cal Poly starter Erich Uelmen from the game with runners on second and third and one out. CSUN promptly had an RBI single and a two-run double off relievers Justin Bruihl (1-3) and Spencer Howard, respectively, to tie the game.
Uelmen went 6 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing seven hits, three runs and had three strikeouts.
CSUN (27-16, 6-11) added an insurance run in the eighth off Justin Calomeni when Orona doubled home Jose Ruiz.
Matador starting pitcher Angel Rodriguez struck out three in six innings, and allowed five hits and three runs. Samuel Myers picked up the win in relief, and Conner O’Neil threw two scoreless innings for the save.
Cal Poly’s six hits came from six different players.
The Mustangs have lost their past five Big West games to fall to 26-19 on the season and 7-7 in conference play.
Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 2 (Friday)
Junior right hander Sierra Hyland struck out 13 — her ninth game this season with double-digit strikeouts — in the Cal Poly softball team’s 3-2 loss to Hawaii on Friday.
Two errors in the bottom of the seventh inning led to two unearned runs before Hawaii’s Heather Morales singled to left to bring in the winning run.
Cal Poly (23-22, 6-10 Big West) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Hyland RBI single, before Hyland singled again in the third to score Stephanie Heyward.
Hyland struck out eight of the first 11 hitters she faced.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly senior Devin Bennett finished third in the decathlon to help the Mustangs get off to a strong start at the Big West Track and Field Championships Saturday afternoon at Long Beach State.
Bennett scored 7,153 points to earn the second all-conference award of his career. UC Santa Barbara’s Tyler Nelson won the competition with 7,220 points, and Long Beach State’s Herman Day was second at 7,198.
Bennett set a career-best mark in the discus with a top throw of 139 feet, 7 inches, and continued moving up the leader board with a victory in the pole vault at 14-5 ¼. He went on to win the javelin with a personal-best mark of 200 feet, good enough for the No. 10 spot in program history.
Bennett closed the competition with a victory in the 1,500 meters, winning in 4:21.77, nearly 24 seconds ahead of the next-closest runner.
Fellow Mustangs Ted Scranton placed fourth with 7,038 points, and Ivy Adair was fifth at 6,882. Bennett’s total stands as the fifth-best decathlon performance in Cal Poly history, while Scranton moved up to No. 6 and Adair ranks No. 8.
The Mustangs hold at 15-14 lead over UC Santa Barbara in the team scoring heading into next week’s competition.
In the heptathlon, Jessica Rasmussen secured a seventh-place finish for the Mustangs with 4,567 points. She was one of three Cal Poly heptathletes who recorded career-high totals during the two-day event.
Long Beach State’s Riley Cooks placed first with 5,414 points, and UC Riverside’s Tayler Fleming with second with 5,124 points.
The Big West championships continue May 13-14 at Long Beach State.