SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly scored 18 runs on 30 hits to sweep a non-conference baseball doubleheader against Pacific on Saturday inside Baggett Stadium.
Freshman infielder Tate Samuelson went 5-for-7 with six RBI, junior center fielder Alex McKenna was 5-for-10 with two RBI and junior shortstop Kyle Marinconz was 4-for-10 with a pair of RBI as the Mustangs swept the twinbill by scores of 9-0 and 9-1.
Senior southpaw Trent Shelton (1-1) (pictured above) tossed seven scoreless innings for the win in the opener, scattering six hits and striking out 10 with no walks.
Freshman right-hander Darren Nelson (2-0) allowed one unearned run and two hits over five-plus innings for the victory in the nightcap, striking out four.
With the pair of wins, Cal Poly improved to 5-6 on the year. Pacific, a 4-0 winner in the series opener Friday night, slipped to 4-8.
In the opener, Cal Poly produced 16 hits and eight of the nine Mustang starters collected at least one hit in the 9-0 victory.
Samuelson started the run production with his first collegiate home run, a solo shot to left field in the second inning. That was the start of back-to-back three-run rallies for Cal Poly and the Mustangs added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Tyler Ryan and Lucas Halstead each had two singles for Pacific.
Cal Poly, which had committed 16 errors in its first nine games, played errorless defense for the second time this season.
In the nightcap, McKenna homered for the first time this season and was 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI while Samuelson had a perfect 3-for-3 game with two walks and four RBI
Cal Poly scored in the second inning on an RBI single by Myles Emmerson and stretched the advantage to 4-0 with three runs in the third. McKenna opened with his home run and Samuelson followed with a two-run double to straightaway center field.
Pacific averted a shutout with its lone run of the day in the sixth on Nate Verlin's infield single with the bases loaded.
Cal Poly added a run in the seventh on Samuelson's RBI single and pulled away in the eighth with four more runs on RBI singles by Marinconz and Blake Wagenseller, a bases-loaded walk to Samuelson and a wild pitch.
Freshman righty Taylor Dollard tossed three scoreless frames, giving up one hit, and sophomore right-hander Connor Redmond pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the doubleheader sweep for the Mustangs. Nelson, Dollard and Redmond combined on a three-hitter.
Nick Meyer, who was 3-for-8 on the day, is now hitting .368 while McKenna and Samuelson both lifted their averages to .341. Cal Poly, hitting .246 at the start of the day, improved its average as a team 30 points to .276.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with sophomore southpaw Thomas Triantos (0-0, 1.93 ERA) of Cal Poly to face Pacific junior lefty Ricky Reynoso (0-0, 4.22 ERA).
Photos courtesy of Jack Duffy