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Long Beach State Completes Big West Series Sweep, Beats Cal Poly 4-1

Long Beach State Completes Big West Series Sweep, Beats Cal Poly 4-1

LONG BEACH, Calif. – For the second time in three games, Cal Poly jumped to a lead in the first inning.

Long Beach State, however, erased the deficit Friday for a 14-3 victory and completed a sweep of its three-game Big West Conference baseball series against the Mustangs on Sunday with a come-from-behind 4-1 triumph at Blair Field.

The Dirtbags scored twice in the third inning to wipe out an early 1-0 deficit and added single runs in the fourth and seventh frames.

With the win, Long Beach State improved to 26-16 for the year and 9-6 for third place in the Big West. Cal Poly, which opened the weekend tied for first place with Cal State Fullerton, suffered its fourth loss in a row and dropped to fourth place at 7-5.

Nick Meyer, Brett Barbier and John Schuknecht all singled to produce a run for Cal Poly in the first inning, snapping a string of 17 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to Friday's three-run first-inning rally.

The Mustangs, however, were held scoreless on just two hits the rest of the way, one day after being shut out on four hits. Long Beach State won 2-0 on Saturday.

Sophomore right-hander Jarred Zill (5-4) had a personal three-game winning streak snapped, allowing four runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. Zill walked two and struck out five.

The win went to Long Beach State senior right-hander Tanner Brown (6-3) as he allowed one run and five hits over 8 2/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Chris Rivera secured the final out for his 13th save.

Schuknecht singled twice and knocked in the lone run of the game for Cal Poly.

Luke Rasmussen and Brock Lundquist each collected two of Long Beach State's eight hits.

Cal Poly, ranked No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper at the beginning of the week, suffered its first 0-4 week of the season. The Mustangs scored four runs on seven hits in the first inning of the series and were held scoreless on 11 hits in all other innings combined.

Cal Poly will host Santa Clara on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Baggett Stadium before returning to Southern California next weekend to play CSUN in another Big West series.