Former San Luis Obispo High standout Daniel Howell homered, and the Santa Barbara City College baseball team came back to hand Cuesta College its first Western State Conference-North Division loss Tuesday on the Cougars’ fourth blown save of the season.
It was a San Luis Obispo reunion of sorts as former Tigers Davey Schultz, Max Duval, Darren Mullen and John Tiedemann made the start for Cuesta, and David Murillo came on to pitch in relief.
Schultz batted 2 for 4 with two runs, and teammates Chris Landmark (2 for 3, two RBI) and LaBronze Sanderson (3 for 5, two runs) helped give the Cougars (13-7, 5-1 WSC-N) a 5-3 lead heading into the eighth inning.
Helped out by three Cuesta errors over the final two innings, however, Santa Barbara City (11-10, 5-2 WSC-N) scored on a fielder’s choice, a bases-loaded walk and on a fielding miscue for the winning run.
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Howell was 2 for 4 with two RBI, including his fourth-inning solo home run. Former Arroyo Grande High star Colt McLaughlin was 1 for 5 with a run and an RBI for the Vaqueros.
The Cougars wasted a solid start by Tiedemann, who went 61⁄3 innings in the no-decision and was charged with three runs on five hits.
Pepperdine 5, Cal Poly 3
The Mustangs (7-10) committed four errors and blew a 3-1 lead as the Waves (10-10) struck for three runs in the bottom of the seventh in Malibu.
Cal Poly failed to capitalize on a solid batting line from senior designated hitter D.J. Gentile and a productive start on the mound by freshman pitcher Chase Johnson.
Gentile was 3 for 4 and hit a two-run double to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Johnson allowed one run on four hits over 51⁄3 innings.
Cal Poly outhit Pepperdine 8-7, but the Waves used three hits and two Mustangs errors to take a 4-3 lead, and added an insurance run one inning later.
Gonzalez, Cal Poly win Folino Invitational
Mustangs senior Geoff Gonzalez won his first tournament of the season and propelled the Mustangs to team victory in the Folino Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton at the Oak Creek Golf Club.
Gonzales shot a final-round 70 to finish with a 212 total and seal a three-shot victory over a group of four others.
Nick Ellis of the Titans, Allan Jun of UC Irvine, Jake Sarnoss from Loyola Marymount and Cal State Bakersfield’s Chase Goodvin were tied at 215.
The Mustangs combined for a four-person 867 total to finish as the top team. Pace Johnson (216) tied for sixth, Bryan Pierce (219) finished 16th and Alex Franklin (221) was 17th.
Cal Poly fourth at Folino
Asia Adell and Taylor Yoshitake each had top-20 finishes to help the Mustangs finish fourth at the Folino Invitational.
Adell shot a final-round 79 to finish with a 36-hole total of 153, which was good enough for an eighth-place tie.
Yoshitake placed 14th after carding a total of 157. Portland State’s Lauren Taylor won the individual title with an even-par 144 total.
Long Beach State won the team title with a 606 four-person total, and Cal Poly was 29 shots off the pace.
Cal Poly 5, Oregon 1
The Mustangs (9-2) didn’t need the doubles point to beat the Ducks (9-5) after winning five out of six singles matches at the Avila Beach Country Club.
Andre Dome, Alex Sonneson, Brian McPhee, Marco Comuzzo and Sebastian Bell all picked up singles victories for 39th-ranked Cal Poly. The teams did not play doubles.
Cal Poly 4, Dartmouth 3
After sweeping the doubles point, singles victories by junior Jocelyn Davis and freshmen Florence Lehane and Kathryn Webb secured the win for the Mustangs (12-3).
Davis defeated Dartmouth’s Christina Danosi 7-5, 6-0; Lehane swept 6-2, 6-3; and Webb swept 6-3, 6-4. Davis’ doubles match with partner Ashley Pane was the most competitive game of the match, with the Mustangs emerging 9-8 (10-8) in the tiebreaker.