Senior right fielder John Schuknecht hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and the Cal Poly baseball team exploded offensively Sunday in a 17-5 win over UC Irvine at Baggett Stadium.
Schuknecht finished 2 for 4, scored twice and raised his Big West Conference-leading RBI total to 43 on the year.
Nick Meyer and Brett Barbier also hit home runs for the Mustangs, who improved to 28-22 overall and 9-9 in the Big West.
Junior right-hander Justin Calomeni (4-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out 11 in the win. Freshman Bobby Ay pitched the final three innings and earned his first save.
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Cal Poly tallied 16 hits off seven UC Irvine pitchers, and freshman Alex McKenna led the way with a 3 for 6 outing. Six players had two hits apiece, including sophomore designated hitter Josh George, who sat out 10 straight games earlier this month with a shoulder injury.
Adam Alcantara and Cole Kreuter had two hits each to pace the Anteaters (28-21, 8-10 Big West).
Cal Poly begins a four-game road trip at 6 p.m. Tuesday against CSU Bakersfield. The Mustangs then go to UC Riverside for a three-game series beginning Friday.