The Cuesta College baseball team didn’t start fast, but the Cougars sure finished strong.
The Cougars scored 12 runs in their final four innings to erase a four-run deficit and beat Santa Barbara 12-6 on Thursday in San Luis Obispo.
Cuesta (18-17, 9-10 Western State Conference) had a balanced offensive output with six players having two hits, including Matt Anderson, who had three RBI while also scoring twice and walking twice.
T,J. Filicia had a two-run double in the fifth inning to get Cuesta on the board. Filicia finished with two hits and three RBI.
Bryan Basinger, Zach Steele, Mitchell Prophet and Anthony Fadelli all had two hits each for the Cougars, who broke the game open with five runs in the seventh.
Cuesta singled in four consecutive at-bats to start the inning and saw eight batters reach base safely in the inning.
John Tiedemann (3-1) picked up the win in a long relief stint, striking out nine and allowing two runs on six hits in 62⁄3 innings.
Santa Barbara (20-14, 10-9) first baseman Connor Rehage hit his conference-leading 12th home run in the loss.
Mott Gym will host San Luis Obispo’s first sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event May 22 with proceeds going to benefit the Cal Poly wrestling team.
The event, dubbed “Fight For Wrestling” will feature professional and amateur mixed martial artists, including Johnny Hackleman Jr., the son of Chuck Liddell trainer and The Pit owner, John Hackleman.
Olympic gold medalist and former UFC broadcaster Jeff Blatnick will be on hand to conduct in-ring interviews after the fights.Former Cal Poly wrestler Sam Temko will compete as will currently Cal Poly student Mike Gahan, who is making his professional debut.
Tickets to the event are $35 for general admission, $55 for reserved bleachers, floor, and chairback seating, $75 for VIP chairback seating, and $25 for Cal Poly students with a valid student ID.
For more information or to order tickets go to www.gopoly.com.