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Grand Slam by Skipps Helps Cal Poly Clinch Big West Series vs. UC Davis

Grand Slam by Skipps Helps Cal Poly Clinch Big West Series vs. UC Davis

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Elijah Skipps belted Cal Poly's second grand slam inside Baggett Stadium in eight years Saturday night, sparking the Mustangs to a 7-4 victory over UC Davis in the middle game of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series.

Playing in just his third game of the season due to a preseason elbow injury, Skipps (pictured above) smashed a 1-1 pitch from Jared Sasaki over the right-field wall in the fifth inning to give Cal Poly a 6-1 advantage.

John Schuknecht hit a grand slam against UC Irvine in 2016 and one has to go back to 2010 for the previous four-run home run by a Mustang in Baggett Stadium.

With the triumph, Cal Poly earned its first Big West series win, improving to 16-17 for the season and 3-5 in Big West games, UC Davis fell to 9-20 and 2-6.

The win also was the 499th in Larry Lee's 16 seasons at Cal Poly. He will go for No. 500 in the series finale Sunday at 1 o'clock.

Senior southpaw Trent Shelton (2-2) evened his record by striking out six Aggies over five-plus innings. The Oregon State transfer walked two and gave up four runs and eight hits before giving way to junior right-hander Cam Schneider.

Schneider tossed four scoreless innings for his third save, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five as Cal Poly's two pitchers combined to strike out 11 Aggies.

The loss went to Sasaki (2-4), the UC Davis right-hander who surrendered six runs and a dozen hits over five innings with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Cal Poly's 14-hit offensive attack was paced by Skipps and junior catcher Nick Meyer (pictured at left), each with three hits. Meyer singled twice and doubled once, scored twice and knocked in a run while Skipps added two singles to his grand slam in a perfect 3-for-3 night with two runs scored.

Freshman first baseman Tate Samuelson elevated his average to an even .300 with two singles and senior left fielder Colby Barrick contributed a single and double to lift his average to a team-leading .366. Junior second baseman Scott Ogrin added a triple.

Right fielder Ryan Hooper produced two singles and a double for UC Davis while designated hitter Ryan Anderson added a single and a solo home run leading off the sixth inning.

Cal Poly led all the way after scoring twice in the second inning on Ogrin's two-run triple to right-center field.

After UC Davis trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth, Cal Poly broke the game open in the fifth as Samuelson, Barrick and Meyer all singled to set the stage for Skipps' blast.

UC Davis cut Cal Poly's 6-1 lead to 6-4 with three runs in the sixth and the Mustangs added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on Meyer's RBI double.

With his three hits, Meyer has brought his average back over the .300 mark at .302, going 8-for-17 (.471) in his last four games.

Cal Poly is now 21-2 against UC Davis inside Baggett Stadium and 31-10 in the all-time series.

Cal Poly freshman right-hander Darren Nelson (3-3, 4.12 ERA) faces UC Davis junior southpaw Chris Brown (2-3, 5.40 ERA) in Sunday's series finale.

Photo of Elijah Skipps at top of page following his grand slam courtesy of Maddie Grossman