SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the third straight day, the Cal Poly baseball team fell behind Hawaii in the early innings.
The Mustangs overcame a 5-0 deficit for a 7-5 victory Friday night and turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win Saturday. Those come-from-behind rallies were in the sixth inning or later.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs didn't wait that long Sunday, erasing an early 2-0 deficit with back-to-back four-run rallies in the third and fourth innings en route to a 12-5 victory and a series sweep before 1,574 in Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly outhit Hawaii for the first time in the series, 16-15, and took advantage of four Rainbow Warrior errors to extend its winning streak to four games overall and six games against Hawaii.
The Mustangs improved to 14-18 for the year and 4-2 in Big West games, tied for third place with UC Santa Barbara and a game back in the loss column to UC Irvine. Both UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine lost Sunday.
Hawaii, which had runners thrown out at the plate in the third and fifth innings and left 11 runners on the basepaths, fell to 12-23 and 3-6.
Mustang sophomore catcher Brett Barbier (pictured at right and below) drove in six runs with a two-run triple in the third inning, a three-run home run in the fourth, his third of the year, and an RBI single in the seventh.
Junior second baseman Mark Mathias had a 3-for-5 day at the plate with two RBIs, tripling home a run in the fifth and singling to drive in another run in the sixth.
Senior left fielder Zack Zehner added two hits, RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, while junior right fielder John Schuknecht and junior first baseman Ryan Drobny each added two hits for Cal Poly.
Mustang starter Justin Calomeni gave up two runs and two hits in one-plus inning and was relieved by freshman right-hander Michael Gomez in the second inning. Calomeni is 0-3 with a 9.17 ERA in six starts while in three relief appearances he is 1-0 and has not allowed a run in eight innings.
Gomez (1-2) tossed 4 2/3 innings in relief, allowing three runs and 10 hits, and earned the victory.
Erich Uelmen, another freshman right-hander, pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings for his first save, scattering three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Uelmen, who missed four weeks of the season with a fractured foot, entered Sunday's game with a 15.58 ERA.
The loss went to Hawaii starter Jarrett Arakawa (2-1) as he allowed four runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. Six Rainbow Warrior pitchers were used in relief.
Hawaii scored single runs in the first two innings for a 2-0 lead.
Cal Poly answered with a pair of four-run rallies in the third and fourth innings and added two more in the fifth for a 10-3 lead. Hawaii tallied twice in the sixth to make it 10-5, but the Mustangs completed the scoring with single runs in the sixth and seventh frames.
Hawaii's 15 hits included doubles by second baseman Stephen Ventimilia, right fielder Alan Baldwin and left fielder Marcus Doi. Baldwin, designated hitter Alex Sawelson and catcher Chayce Ka'aua each had three hits on the day for the Rainbow Warriors, Sawelson driving in a pair of runs.
For the second time in the series and 13th time this season, Cal Poly played errorless defense. The Mustangs made 36 errors in their first 19 games but have committed just five miscues in their last 13 contests.
For the series, Drobny was 6-for-11 with two doubles, a pair of RBI and four runs scored while Barbier, Mathias and Zehner all had four hits. The Mustangs hit .284 and stole five of five bases.
Attendance for the three-game series was 4,576.
Cal Poly concludes a five-game home stand Tuesday night against Fresno State at 6 o'clock in Baggett Stadium. The Mustangs return to Big West play next weekend at UC Santa Barbara.
Photos courtesy of Ray Ambler | RA Photos