SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 22 Cal Poly opened up a 10-1 lead in the first three innings Sunday, then held on to defeat San Francisco 11-9 on the final day of play in the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Dons loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth, scored four times and still had runners at first and third with one out before sophomore right-hander Chase Johnson restored some order and induced the final two USF batters to fly out to center field and take a called third strike to end the game.
Cal Poly improved to 9-3 with the win and completed Aztec Invitational play with a 2-2 mark. San Francisco fell to 6-6 and 1-3.
Junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (2-0) (pictured at right) worked the first five innings for the win, allowing four runs and six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Danny Zandona, Nick Grim and Johnson pitched in relief for the Mustangs.
The loss went to USF starter Christian Cecilio (1-2), who allowed 10 runs, but only four were earned as the Dons committed four errors in the game.
Cal Poly won the game despite being outhit 14-9.
Third baseman Adam Clear, first baseman Nik Balog and catcher Mason Morioka each had two hits for San Francisco.
Cal Poly will play the last of nine consecutive road games Tuesday night, visiting Santa Clara for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest. The Broncos beat the Mustangs 5-2 two weeks ago at Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly returns home to host Washington next weekend.