Cal Poly Shut Out for Fifth Time as Loyola Marymount Wins Series Opener

Cal Poly Shut Out for Fifth Time as Loyola Marymount Wins Series Opener

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Loyola Marymount shattered a scoreless game with four runs in the eighth inning and beat Cal Poly 4-0 in the opening game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Friday night before 1,450 inside Baggett Stadium.

Shut out for the fifth time in 13 games this season, Cal Poly fell to 3-10. Loyola Marymount evened its mark at 7-7.

For the third straight start, Cal Poly junior right-hander Erich Uelmen (1-3) did not receive any run support, a stretch covering 20 2/3 innings. He allowed one unearned run and four hits over seven-plus innings with two walks and five strikeouts and currently sports a 2.05 ERA with 26 strikeouts over 26 innings.

Winning pitcher Blake Redman (1-3) tossed seven scoreless innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts for Loyola Marymount. Codie Paiva pitched the final two frames in scoreless fashion as well, striking out four.

Cal Poly has struck out 14 or more times in three games this season.

The Mustangs had few scoring opportunities.

Michael Sanderson (pictured above) doubled with one out in the third inning but two groundouts ended the threat. Josh George led off the fourth with a single and stole second base, but Redman notched three strikeouts in the inning.

Nick Meyer tripled with two outs in the seventh but a grounder left him at third. The Mustangs had runners at second and third with two outs in the ninth before Paiva notched his final strikeout to end the game.

Loyola Marymount parlayed an inning-opening error, two hits, a pair of walks and a hit batter into four runs in the eighth. Billy Wilson singled up the middle for one RBI and Brandon Shearer's bloop single down the left-field line cashed in two more.

Each team produced seven hits.

Sanderson, Meyer and Bradlee Beesley each had two hits for Cal Poly. Steven Chavez contributed a double and single to spark the Lions at the plate.

Second game of the series will be played Saturday night at 6 with sophomore right-hander Spencer Howard (0-0, 279 ERA) making his first start of the season for Cal Poly.