The Cuesta College baseball team lived to see another day yet again.
The 16th-seeded Cougars (24-19) won two more games to stave off elimination, including a win over No. 1 Santa Ana on Saturday to move within two games of the state finals.
Cuesta beat Bakersfield 9-5 in the early game as Ty Muller provided the offensive spark, going 4 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
With the score tied at 5 in the seventh, Matt Anderson was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Muller single to provide the winning run.
Anderson homered later to put the game out of reach. But he wasn’t done there.
In the first inning of Cuesta’s 11-10 win over the top-seeded Dons (31-10), Anderson hit a two-run homer as part of a five-run inning.
In the second inning, Anderson hit a solo home run, his second of the game and third of the day to stretch Cuesta’s lead to 6-0.
The Cougars seemed on the verge of blowing out Santa Ana, leading 11-5 after seven innings, before the Dons staged a five-run rally without recording an out in the eighth inning.
Phillip Gerber came on to stop the bleeding, pitching a scoreless three outs in the eighth before Jake Reed came on to pitch the final inning to preserve the win and keep Cuesta’s season alive.
Muller also homered against Santa Ana, and former San Luis Obispo High standout Dave Schultz added two hits and a run scored.
Cuesta had to win a play-in game against No. 17 Southwestern just to make the playoffs. The Cougars have now knocked off the top two seeds in the tournament after beating No. 2 San Diego City in a three-game series a week ago.
The Cougars will play No. 9 Rio Hondo at 11 this morning. Cuesta will need to sweep a doubleheader with the Roadrunners (30-10) to advance to the state finals.
Cal Poly 5, UC Davis 4
A day after reaching base six times, Adam Melker singled in two runs with two outs in the ninth as the Mustangs overcame a three-run deficit.
The win clinches the second series win for the Mustangs this season.
With Cal Poly (17-29, 8-12) trailing 4-1 entering the ninth, Mitch Haniger led off the inning with a single, stole second and scored on one of David Van Ostrand’s three singles.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Luke Yoder drew a walk to cut the deficit to a single run before Melker’s full-count single to left field.
DJ Mauldin (5-2) tossed 131 pitches to get the complete-game win. He allowed four runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in his third career complete game.
The Mustangs will look for their first sweep of the season at 1 this afternoon.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly at Big West Conference Championships
The Cal Poly men finished in third place with 134 points, 39 points behind Cal State Northridge, which won with 173 points.
Carl Dargitz was third for Cal Poly in the men’s 5,000 with a time of 14 minutes, 32.62 seconds, and teammate Joe Gatel was fifth in 14:48.46.
Kyle Inks was third in the men’s pole vault (16-2), Daniel Erdman was third in the shot put (55-2), and Nipomo High grad Korben Boaz was sixth (53-13⁄4).
Cal Poly’s men’s 400 relay team of Taylor Herrera, Marty Affentranger, Tony Hodges and Jarred Houston was third in 41.38.
The Mustangs finished in sixth place out of eight teams on the women’s side with 60 points. Cal State Northridge won with 183.
Finishing second for the Cal Poly women were freshman Kayleigh Tyerman in the 1,500 (4:30.31), Jasmine Pickett in the triple jump (42-4) and Whitney Sisler in the high jump (5-103⁄4).
Tenise Brewer was third for the Mustangs in the women’s 100 hurdles (13.91) and fourth in the triple jump (40-31⁄2).
Hasay at Pac-10 meet
In Berkeley, Oregon freshman Jordan Hasay easily qualified for the finals of today’s 1,500 meters as she was one of three Duck women to make the finals.
The former Mission Prep star was part of a 1-2-3 Oregon finish in the second preliminary heat as she finished second in 4:25.67, behind teammate Alex Kosinski (4:25.51) and ahead of teammate Zoe Buckman (4:25.74).
Today’s 1,500 final is expected to be between the three Oregon runners and Washington’s Katie Follett, who won the other preliminary heat in 4:22.92.
Arizona leads the women’s team race with 71 points to 65 points for the Ducks, who set themselves up for a big day today.
Oregon leads Cal 71-43 in the men’s team race.
Former Paso Robles High star Tom Nagengast will be competing in the men’s discus today for UCLA.
Cuesta at Southern California Finals, Mission Viejo
Cuesta’s Christine Weinreich qualified for the state finals in two events, with a second-place throw of 147-3 in the women’s discus and a third-place throw of 153-11 in the hammer. She broke her own school record in the discus.
The top six finishers in each event qualified for next weekend’s state meet in Lancaster.
Craig Van Leeuwen, who is ranked number one in the state, won the men’s pole vault for with a mark of 16-7, while teammate Sam Sampson came in third by misses with a mark of 16-7.
Paso Robles High graduate Travis Hallanan was second in the men’s 5,000 in 15:15.
The Cougars were eighth in the men’s team standings with 37 points. Riverside won with 121, and Mt. SAC was second with 106.
Cuesta will also send two women’s pole vaulters to state as Nicole Worden was third at 10-7, and Sara Pizzo was fifth at 10-1.
Devon Kelsey qualified for state in the women’s 1,500 as she finished fifth in 4:46.0.
Other competitors for Cuesta that didn’t advance to state were Oscar Pena (4:00.00) and in Taylor Castañon (4:00.43) in the men’s 1,500, Sam Dozier, who was 11th in the men’s discus (136-7), Zach Seigmeier, who no-heighted in the men’s pole vault and Brecon Welton, who was 11th in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 9:56.
Cal Poly 12, Pacific 2
Shea Williams hit her third home run of the series, a three-run shot that opened the scoring in the third inning.
The Mustangs went up 6-0 on a two-run homer by Anna Cahn, who also picked up the win in the circle after allowing five hits and one run in five innings.
Dana Perez and Nicole Lund had two hits apiece for Cal Poly (23-24, 12-9 Big West Conference), with Perez adding a double and an RBI as the Mustangs concluded their season.
Fresno State’s softball team returns from the Western Athletic Conference tournament with a runner-up plaque and fingers crossed for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Top-seeded Hawaii crushed No. 2 Fresno State 14-3 in Las Cruces, N.M., for the WAC championship in a game stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. The Rainbow Wahine (44-13) hit five home runs to boost their NCAA record to 141 this year in claiming the WAC’s automatic NCAA bid.
Now the Bulldogs (39-19), led by former Paso Robles High star Michelle Moses, will have to wait and see if they receive an at-large NCAA Tournament bid when the full bracket will be announced at 7 tonight on ESPNU.
Fresno State had forced a winner-take-all showdown in the double-elimination tournament with a 4-3 victory earlier in the day.
Fresno State has qualified a record 28 straight times for the NCAA Tournament.
In the 4-3 Fresno State win, Mackenzie Oakes pitched three shutout innings of relief as Moses (11-1) got the win.
Fresno State scored three runs in the first inning after consecutive singles by Haley Gilleland, Andrea Ortega and Moses loaded the bases.
Moses made the 11-member All-WAC tournament team and earlier in the week was named to the WAC first team.