Posted: Feb 23, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Once again, Andrew Vaughn led a comeback for the Cal baseball team.
One day after belting a two-run home run to snap a 2-2 tie en route to a 10-2 Bears victory Friday night, the reigning Golden Spikes Award winner delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead and Cal held on for the one-run victory Saturday inside Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly stormed to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by Tate Samuelson's three-run double. Cal, however, scored a run in the third frame and took the lead with a three-run sixth-inning uprising.
Rogelio Reyes (1-0) gave Cal its second long relief performance of the weekend, 4 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts, for the victory and Sean Sullivan earned his second save of the year with three scoreless innings.
While Cal evened its record at 3-3, Cal Poly fell to 1-5.
Fourth-year junior Bobby Ay, who went just one-plus innings last week at Oklahoma, pitched into the sixth inning Saturday, allowing three runs and five hits with six strikeouts, and left the game with a 4-3 lead.
Sophomore right-hander Dylan Villalobos (1-2) secured two outs, but not before giving up two unearned runs as Cal Poly committed a two-out error error before Vaughn singled to left field off Michael Clark to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Against Sullivan, Cal Poly had runners at second and third with no outs in the seventh inning but failed to score. Connor Gurnik singled with two outs in the eighth and the Mustangs were retired in order in the ninth.
Cal Poly also loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but a fly ball to center field ended the threat. The Mustangs stranded nine runners on the basepaths.
Cal's eight hits included three singles and a double by Vaughn (hitting .579 on the year) and a double and single by Max Flower (.375).
Cal Poly also had eight hits, Gurnik contributing a double and two singles and Elijah Greene singling twice. Bradlee Beesley, who had four hits Friday, his second four-hit game of the year, was 1-for-4 and his average is at .583.
Cal's Sam Stoutenborough tossed six scoreless innings in relief for the win Friday.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. with sophomore right-hander Darren Nelson on the mound for Cal Poly.