NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Cal Poly stranded 15 runners on the basepaths and Cal State Northridge erased an early 2-0 deficit for a 6-3 victory in the final game of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs collected 11 hits, but couldn't get any key hits, particularly with the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings, falling to 21-13 for the year and 5-4 in conference games.
Cal State Northridge, which clinched the series, two games to one, improves to 16-19 and 4-5.
But the Matadors scored four times in the bottom of the second inning – the key blow a two-run home run by Kyle Attl – and added single runs in the third and seventh frames for the win.
David Armendariz doubled to knock in a run for Cal Poly in the third inning, cutting Cal State Northridge's lead to 4-3, but left two runners on base in the third, fourth and eighth innings and stranded three runners in both the fifth and sixth frames.
Justen Gorski, the second of three Matador pitchers, improved to 2-0 as he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings while Harley Holt tossed four scoreless frames, scattering five hits, for his second save.
The loss went to Mustang junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (4-3), who surrendered five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Reed Reilly allowed one run and five hits in four innings while Nick Grim secured the final four outs and did not give up a run or a hit.
Cal State Northridge collected 12 hits, including two singles and a double by Cal Vogelsang.
Only one Cal Poly leadoff hitter reached base safely – Allen's double in the fifth inning – and six of the Mustangs' nine No. 2 batters reached base. Cal Poly was retired in order just once – in the final inning.
Cal Poly hosts Fresno State for a non-conference game Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Baggett Stadium, then returns to Big West Conference play Friday through Sunday with a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton.