SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cal Poly outhit San Jose State 11-9, but committed three errors, hit into three double plays and stranded a dozen runners on the basepaths in a 7-4 loss to the Spartans in a non-conference midweek game Tuesday inside Municipal Stadium.
The Mustangs jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Tate Samuelson, but the Spartans tied the game with single runs in the first and second frames and snapped the deadlock with a four-run third-inning rally, all unearned, en route to the victory.
With the win, San Jose State improved to 5-4. Cal Poly fell to 3-5.
Andrew Mitchel (1-0), the second of four San Jose State pitchers used in the game, tossed 4 2/3 innings in relief of starter Walter Brinkman for the win, allowing two runs and five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Wesley Clawson tossed a scoreless ninth for his first save.
The loss was charged to Connor Redmond (0-2), the second of six Mustang pitchers. Southpaw Thomas Triantos retired all six batters he faced and Andrew Alvarez pitched one scoreless frame, but by then, the damage had already been done.
Cal Poly's 11 hits included a double and triple for one RBI by Alex McKenna (pictured above) and a single and double for two RBI by Samuelson. Darren Nelson added an RBI double and Myles Emmerson also doubled for the Mustangs.
San Jose State was paced offensively by Brett Bautista and Sawyer Pittman, each with two hits. Johnny Mendoza knocked in two with a pair of sacrifice flies and Shane Timmons added an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
After playing its first eight games on the road, Cal Poly will play the first of 30 home games this weekend, hosting Pacific for four weekend games. Friday's opener starts at 6 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale Sunday.