Cal Poly Erupts for Five Runs in Fifth En Route to 6-1 Win Over Gonzaga

Cal Poly Erupts for Five Runs in Fifth En Route to 6-1 Win Over Gonzaga


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Kyle Smith and Cam Schneider combined on a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings and Cal Poly broke open a 1-0 contest with five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 6-1 victory over Gonzaga in a non-conference baseball game Monday night before 1,368 in Baggett Stadium.

Alex McKenna and Bradlee Beesley hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the fifth, Nick Meyer singled up the middle for the third run of the inning and Elijah Skipps (pictured above) singled to center field to drive home the last two runs for the Mustangs, who have their first two-game winning streak of the season.

Cal Poly improved to 5-11 with the win while Gonzaga fell to 6-9.

Smith pitched four-plus innings without allowing a run or a hit, but came out of the game in the fifth with two runners on base. Schneider struck out the first two Bulldog batters he faced and got Justin Jacobs to line out to Skipps at first base to end the inning.

Schneider (1-0) also pitched the sixth and struck out three in two innings of work for the win. Southpaw Trent Shelton allowed a run and three hits in 1 2/3 innings and Craig Colen secured the final four outs, striking out three.

Smith, who struck out six, combined with the three relievers on 13 strikeouts for the game.

The loss went to Casey Legumina (0-3) as he surrendered six runs and 10 hits over six innings with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Cal Poly produced 10 hits, including three more by McKenna (pictured at left), a double and two singles. The sophomore center fielder was moved to the leadoff spot in the batting order for Saturday's game against Loyola Marymount and, in three games, is 8-for-12 with four RBI at the plate, lifting his batting average 75 points to .373.

Third baseman Michael Sanderson added two singles, Beesley contributed a double and right fielder Colby Barrick tripled down the right-field line on a 3-0 pitch to knock in the run in the second inning.

Gonzaga's four hits included a pinch-hit RBI double by Jake Vieth for the lone Bulldog run of the game in the eighth inning.

Cal Poly continues its 12-game home stand with a three-game weekend series against Wichita State (8-6). Games on Friday and Saturday start at 6 p.m., with Sunday's first pitch scheduled for 1 o'clock.

Photos of Elijah Skipps (at top of page) and Alex McKenna (left) courtesy of Matt Aguirre