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May 13, 2014

No. 5 Cal Poly Holds On to Beat Saint Mary’s 6-5 in Non-Conference Game

MORAGA, Calif. – Junior right-hander Danny Zandona pitched five strong innings for his third win and John Schuknecht and Brett Barbier produced key two-run hits as No. 5 Cal Poly defeated Saint Mary's 6-5 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

Schuknecht (pictured at right) tripled to drive in two runs in the fourth inning and Barbier added a pinch-hit two-run single in the seventh as Cal Poly erased an early 2-0 lead and posted a school record 42nd victory against 10 losses.

Saint Mary's lost for the 24th time in 26 games, falling to 15-37.

Zandona (3-0) allowed two runs, both in the first inning, and four hits in five innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Slater Lee secured four outs, allowing three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Junior righty Bryan Granger notched the final two outs of the seventh and junior righty Michael Dingilian and junior southpaw Taylor Chris both pitched a scoreless inning, Chris earning his fifth save with one strikeout.

Schuknecht's triple off the wall in left-center field gave Cal Poly a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias' safety squeeze bunt made it 4-2 in the fourth and Barbier's two-run single in the seventh gave the Mustangs a 6-2 advantage.

The three runs by the Gaels in the seventh trimmed Cal Poly's lead to 6-5, but Dingilian set the Gaels down in order in the eighth and Chris allowed a one-out walk in the ninth but nothing else for the save.

Cal Poly won despite being outhit by Saint Mary's 10-8.

Sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell and junior outfielder Zack Zehner each had two hits for Cal Poly. Saint Mary's was led by center fielder DonAndre Clark, second baseman Darian Ramage, pitcher/designated hitter Anthony Gonsolin and third baseman Anthony Villa, all with a pair of hits.

The 1977 and 1992 Mustang teams won 41 games and Cal Poly, which has won six of its last seven games, equaled that mark with Sunday's series-clinching win over UC Irvine.

Cal Poly, a 6-2 winner over Saint Mary's in early April, resumes Big West Conference play Friday with the opener of a three-game series at Cal State Northridge.