Freshman Jeremiah Burks hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run to break a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning as Fresno State went on to beat Cal Poly 9-4 in a non-conference game on Tuesday night at Bob Bennet Stadium in Fresno.
Burks hit the home run, the first of his collegiate career, off Cal Poly freshman left-hander Justin Bruihl, who was brought in to face designated hitter Kevin Viers before the Bulldogs countered with Burks.
The loss is Cal Poly’s fourth straight and eighth in the last nine games.
Cal Poly (26-21) jumped out to an early lead on a two-run single by Nick Meyer before Fresno State responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Cal Poly later tied the score in the third after Brett Barbier walked, John Schuknecht doubled and both runners scored on wild pitches.
Burks’ homer broke the stalemate in the fifth before Cal Poly got one run back in the sixth on an Alec Smith RBI single. The Bulldogs promptly scored two more runs in the seventh.
Schuknecht, Kyle Marinconz and Michael Sanderson each had two of Cal Poly’s nine hits. Marinconz leads the Mustangs with 19 multiple-hit games, and Schuknecht has 16.
Fresno State had 14 hits, including three by Zach Alford and Aaron Arruda. Arruda hit a bases-loaded three-run double in the first inning.
Cal Poly starter Bobby Ay (1-1) gave up six runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Mark Reecce (1-3) earned the win in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Cal Poly resumes Big West play with a three-game series at home against UC Irvine beginning Friday at 6 p.m.