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Cal Poly Scores Early and Often in 8-1 Victory Over Michigan

Cal Poly Scores Early and Often in 8-1 Victory Over Michigan

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sophomore catcher Myles Emmerson had a 4-for-4 day at the plate with a triple and three singles, driving in four runs, while true freshman right-hander Darren Nelson tossed seven scoreless innings for his first collegiate win as Cal Poly defeated Michigan 8-1 in the Mustangs' final game at the Tony Gwynn Legacy on Sunday inside San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Emmerson's two-run triple capped a five-run first-inning explosion and he followed with RBI singles in the third and fifth frames for Cal Poly, which improved its record to 3-4 with wins over a Southeastern Conference team (No. 4 Arkansas) and a Big Ten opponent (Michigan) in the tournament.

The Wolverines, held to just two hits, both by shortstop Ako Thomas, fell to 2-4.

Run-scoring singles by Nick Meyer, Josh George and Cole Cabrera preceeded the two-run triple by Emmerson into the right-field corner in the first frame.

Emmerson (pictured at right) made it 7-0 with RBI singles in the third and fifth innings and Dylan Doherty capped Cal Poly's scoring with an RBI double to the gap in right-center field in the seventh.

Michigan averted a shutout in the eighth with Thomas's second hit of the game, a run-scoring single to left-center field.

Nelson (1-0) (pictured above) allowed a leadoff double to Thomas opening the game, then retired 18 consecutive Wolverine batters before issuing a leadoff walk in the seventh, finishing with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Southpaws Thomas Triantos and Matt Arens each pitched an inning in relief.

In addition to Emmerson's four hits, George and Cabrera each contributed two hits as Cal Poly produced a season-high 14 hits. The Mustangs also played errorless defense for the first time this season.

The loss went to sophomore right-hander Karl Kauffmann (1-1) as he surrendered seven runs and nine hits over four-plus innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

Cal Poly plays the final game of its season-opening eight-game road trip Tuesday with a 5 p.m. contest at San Jose State.

Photos courtesy of Lauren Pluim