SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Catcher Chris Wilson belted a pair of three-run home runs as San Diego State, which let a 4-0 lead slip away, rallied again in the final three frames to defeat Cal Poly 10-4 in the opener of a doubleheader and of the four-game baseball series Friday afternoon in Baggett Stadium.
Wilson, who entered the game with a .172 batting average, one home run and three RBI on the year, knocked in a total of seven runs and lifted his season to .219 with his two home runs and sacrifice fly.
San Diego State, with head coach Tony Gwynn in the dugout for the first time this season, improved to 10-12 on the year, snapping a five-game losing streak. Gwynn missed his team's first 21 games this season following mid-February surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his cheek.
Cal Poly fell to 13-8.
Trailing 4-0, Cal Poly scored four times in the fifth inning. After loading the bases on two singles and a walk, Mike Miller doubled down the left-field line to knock in two runs. Tim Wise grounded out to shortstop for the third run and Mitch Haniger singled up the middle to tie the game at 4-4.
The Mustangs had a chance to take the lead in the sixth, but Miller flied out to right field with the bases loaded.
Ryan Muno homered with two outs in the seventh inning to break the tie and San Diego State added five more runs in the eighth, three on Wilson's second three-run homer of the game. Seby Zavala contributed an RBI single and a wild pitch accounted for the other tally.
The Aztecs hit three home runs in their first 21 games this season and doubled the total Friday.
Mike Hachadorian (3-1), the second of three San Diego State pitchers, earned the win, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Justin Hepner earned his third save with 2 2/3 scoreless frames on the mound.
Mustang starter Matt Imhof allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings with five strikeouts while Reed Reilly (2-1) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs, five earned, and five hits in three innings.
Second game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 6 p.m.