STOCKTON, Calif. – For the fourth time in Cal Poly's 23 Division I seasons, the Mustangs have been shut out in back-to-back games.
A 2-0 winner Friday night, Pacific beat Cal Poly 16-0 Saturday afternoon at Klein Family Field, clinching a three-game series against the Mustangs for the first time since the 1999 season.
The Tigers sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring three runs, batted around in the third for four more runs and 12 batters produced seven runs in the sixth en route to the lopsided win.
With the loss, Cal Poly fell to 1-5 on the year, losing five straight since a season-opening 6-4 triumph at Cal last weekend. Pacific improved to 3-2.
Cal Poly has not scored a run since the seventh inning of a 5-2 loss at Stanford on Thursday night. That's a streak of 20 scoreless innings, the longest in Larry Lee's 15 years as head coach. The Mustangs did not score in 22 consecutive innings in 1995, Cal Poly's longest scoreless streak in Division I.
In 2004 and again in 2015, Lee's second and 13th seasons, the Mustangs did not score in 19 straight innings.
Pacific catcher James Free II knocked in four runs, one on each of his four hits – a single and three doubles – while shortstop Matt Tarantino hit a grand slam, the only home run of the game, and also knocked in another with a groundout.
Cal Poly's nine hits included two each by second baseman Kyle Marinconz, first baseman Elijah Skipps, designated hitter Kevin Morgan (pictured above) and shortstop Jack Kuzma. Freshman right fielder Bradlee Beesley added a double.
Cal Poly's lone serious scoring threat came in the second inning when the Mustangs loaded the bases with two outs. Josh George flied out to center field. Cal Poly also left two runners on base in the third and seventh frames.
Three of Pacific's runs were unearned as Cal Poly committed five errors, two shy of the school Division I record.
Junior southpaw Kyle Smith (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. The win went to senior right-hander Will Lydon (2-0) as he tossed six scoreless innings and scattered seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Cal Poly has scored just three runs in its last four games.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with junior right-hander Jarred Zill on the mound for Cal Poly.
Photo above of Kevin Morgan courtesy of Jack Duffy