SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly let 1-0 and 5-1 leads slip away as Loyola Marymount scored three unearned runs in the ninth inning to force extra frames and Nathan Keavy singled to knock in the winning run in the 10th for a 6-5 victory Saturday night before 1,525 inside Baggett Stadium.
After a throwing error by the Mustangs to open the ninth, Nick Sogard doubled to score one run and Jamey Smart followed with a single up the middle to tally two more and tie the game at 5-5.
In the 10th, Mustang left fielder Josh George threw out a Lion runner trying to score, momentarily preserving the 5-5 tie. Keavy followed with a first-pitch single to center field, knocking in the go-ahead run.
Braydon Salzman (1-1) retired the Mustangs in the ninth and 10th, tossing three scoreless innings for his first win of the season. The loss went to Mustang senior Slater Lee (1-1), though three of the four runs he allowed were unearned.
The loss dropped Cal Poly to 3-11 on the year while Loyola Marymount clinched the series with Saturday's win, improving to 8-7 for the season.
One day after getting shut out for the fifth time this year, Cal Poly scored five runs on 10 hits Saturday. Center fielder Alex McKenna produced two singles and a double, driving in one run, while third baseman Michael Sanderson and first baseman Scott Ogrin each added two hits.
Loyola Marymount's 13 hits included three by designated hitter Steven Chavez and two each by Sogard, Phil Caulfield and Brandon Shearer.
Cal Poly scored first with an RBI single by Kyle Marinconz in the second inning and Loyola Marymount answered in the third on Caulfield's sacrifice fly to right.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the Mustangs erupted for four runs in the seventh to take a 5-1 lead. Ogrin opened the inning with a double to right and McKenna's single to left snapped the 1-1 tie. A wild pitch allowed the second run to score and Josh George singled to right-center field to knock in two more.
Cal Poly had two baserunners over the final three frames — a two-out double by Colby Barrick in the eighth and a two-out single by Sanderson in the 10th — but couldn't cash in either.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with sophomore right-hander Bobby Ay on the mound for Cal Poly.
Photo above courtesy of Matt Aguirre