SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore catcher Brett Barbier, two days after knocking in six runs with a single, triple and home run against Hawaii, added four hits and five RBI Tuesday night as Cal Poly turned a pair of four-run deficits into a 10-6 victory over Fresno State in Baggett Stadium.
In posting their fifth straight come-from-behind win, all at home, the Mustangs improved to 15-18 for the year. Fresno State fell to 18-19.
Barbier (pictured at right) singled up the middle in the first inning for a 1-0 Cal Poly lead.
Fresno State scored five times in the third inning and led 6-2 before Cal Poly erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. A two-run double by Barbier to right-center field capped the uprising and gave Cal Poly a 7-6 lead.
The Mustangs added three insurance runs in the eighth and Barbier provided the clutch hit again, this time a two-run triple to left-center field. He came home on Jordan Ellis' RBI groundout for the final run of the game.
Barbier paced Cal Poly's 15-hit offensive attack with his two singles, a double and a triple. Second baseman Mark Mathias and senior left fielder Zack Zehner each added three hits – Mathias knocking in a pair of runs – while shortstop Peter Van Gansen added a single and double for two RBI.
The win went to sophomore right-hander Slater Lee (1-0), the fourth of six pitchers used by Cal Poly. Lee secured the final two outs of the sixth inning before giving way to senior southpaw Taylor Chris, who tossed two scoreless frames with three strikeouts, and senior right-hander Danny Zandona, who struck out the side in the ninth.
Zandona has pitched four innings in his last three outings, facing 13 batters, and has struck out 11. The other two batters drew a walk and popped up to first base.
Fresno State, which dropped a 7-6 decision to Cal Poly on Feb. 17 at Beiden Field, collected nine hits, including a single and double by left fielder Taylor Tempel and two singles by third baseman Manny Argomaniz.
Fresno State used eight pitchers in the game. Rickey Ramirez (0-2), who surrendered the final run in the sixth inning which gave Cal Poly the lead for good, suffered the loss.
The Mustangs overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat Pepperdine 9-1 last Tuesday, wiped out 5-0, 2-0 and 2-0 deficits to sweep Hawaii over the weekend and turned 5-1 and 6-2 deficits into Tuesday's win over Fresno State.
Cal Poly, which has won 20 of its last 26 meetings against Fresno State, returns to Big West Conference play Friday through Sunday with a three-game series at UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos, who are ranked in the top 10 in most Division I polls this week with a 26-8 overall record, are tied with the Mustangs for third place in conference at 4-2.
Photos of Brett Barbier by Ray Ambler | RA Photos