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Cal Poly Scores Early and Often in 10-2 Victory Over CSU Bakersfield

Cal Poly Scores Early and Often in 10-2 Victory Over CSU Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Freshman third baseman Bradley Beesley drove in four runs with two hits, sophomore center fielder Alex McKenna hit his third home run of the year and Cal Poly scored 10 times in the first three innings and coasted to a 10-2 non-conference baseball victory over CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night.

With its eighth win in its last 11 games, Cal Poly improves to 16-19 for the season. The Mustangs swept the midweek series against the Roadrunners, winning 9-7 inside Baggett Stadium in early March.

CSU Bakersfield fell to 19-13.

Junior southpaw Kyle Smith (1-2) earned his first victory of the year, allowing one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Cam Schneider Craig Colen and Austin Dondanville pitched in relief for the Mustangs.

The loss went to right-hander Garrett Nimmo (1-3).

McKenna opened the game with a home run to left-center field. The Mustangs added two more runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Josh George and a balk.

Cal Poly also scored twice in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Beesley and shortstop Kyle Marinconz and broke the game open with a five-run third-inning uprising.

Beesley highlighted the rally with a three-run triple. Marinconz produced his second sacrifice fly of the game and the fifth run came courtesy of McKenna being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

CSU Bakersfield averted a shutout with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings.

Cal Poly's 10-hit offensive attack was led by McKenna, Beesley and George with two hits each. Shortstop Ryan Grotjohn had two of CSU Bakersfield's nine hits.

Cal Poly returns home to host No. 8 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game Big West Conference series Friday through Sunday inside Baggett Stadium.

Photos of Kyle Marinconz (above) and Kyle Smith courtesy of Jack Duffy