BERKELEY, Calif. – Cal overcame an early 1-0 deficit and claimed its season-opening non-conference baseball series Sunday with an 8-1 victory over Cal Poly at Evans Diamond.
The Golden Bears scored twice in the third inning and broke the game open with a three-run fifth-inning rally highlighted by Jeffrey Mitchell Jr.'s two-run home run.
Sophomore southpaw Matt Ladrech (1-0) earned the win for Cal, tossing 7 1/3 innings and allowing one run and eight hits with one walk and one strikeout. Zayne Patino secured the final five outs with three strikeouts.
The loss went to Mustang junior right-hander Jarred Zill (0-1). In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up five runs and six hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Although Cal Poly had base runners in every inning but the ninth, the Mustangs couldn't tally another run, stranding six on the basepaths. Cal also turned a pair of double plays.
Cal Poly's eight hits included a double and single by left fielder Josh George (pictured above). Meyer added a double for the Mustangs.
Mitchell knocked in four runs for Cal with his fifth-inning home run and a two-run single in the third. He was 3-for-4 while Tanner Dodson and Anthony Walters both added two hits to Cal's 12-hit offensive attack.
The two teams split Saturday's doubleheader, Cal Poly taking the opener 6-4 and Cal capturing the nightcap 4-3.
Cal Poly's game Monday afternoon against Stanford inside Baggett Stadium has been postponed.
The Mustangs play a three-game series at Pacific next weekend.