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Cal Poly Falls to Hawaii 6-2 in Finale of Big West Conference Series

Cal Poly Falls to Hawaii 6-2 in Finale of Big West Conference Series

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Cal Poly and Hawaii combined for 35 runs and 46 hits in the first two games of their Big West Conference baseball series inside Les Murakami Stadium.

On Sunday, the pitchers took over.

Brody Hagel-Pitt and Dylan Thomas combined to limit Cal Poly to just two runs and six hits as Hawaii salvaged one victory in the series with a 6-2 triumph.

Cal Poly had won the first two games, 16-0 and 10-9, and the Mustangs were bidding for their third series sweep of the year.

Instead, Hawaii scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and broke the game open with three runs in the eighth on a trio of doubles and a single.

With the win, Hawaii evened its Big West record at 9-9, tied for fourth place with CSUN, and improved to 23-19 overall.

Cal Poly fell four games off the pace set by Cal State Fullerton, which swept UC Davis over the weekend to go to 12-3 in conference games. The Mustangs are 8-7 in the Big West, tied for second place with UC Irvine, and 21-25 for the season.

After Hawaii scored its first two runs, Cal Poly tallied a run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Bradlee Beesley and Scott Ogrin (pictured above).

The Rainbow Warriors, however, made it 3-1 in the sixth and added three insurance runs in the eighth to pull away.

Cal Poly scored its final run in the ninth on Elijah Skipps' RBI single to right field. The Mustangs doubled their hit total for the game with three in the ninth.

Only other hits by the Mustangs were a third-inning single by Josh George and ninth-inning singles by Alex McKenna and Nick Meyer.

Hawaii's nine hits included two doubles by Adam Fogel, a double and single by Dylan Vchulek and two singles by Ethan Lopez.

Hagel-Pitt (1-0), who gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday night, earned his first win of the season Sunday, allowing one run and three hits over five innings with no walks and one strikeout.

Thomas earned his 12th save, tops in the conference, with a season-high four-inning stint on the mound, giving up a run and three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

The loss went to Mustang starter Michael Clark (3-5) as he surrendered three runs (two earned) and four hits over 5 2/3 innings with five walks and six strikeouts.

Cal Poly opens an eight-game home stand Wednesday night by hosting San Jose State at 6 o'clock.

The Mustangs also host UC Irvine for three Big West games next weekend, Pepperdine on May 15 and UC Santa Barbara for a trio of conference games May 18-20.