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.
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.
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