SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Tate Samuelson beat the throw to the plate on a grounder to second base as Cal Poly earned its second consecutive walk-off win Saturday afternoon, defeating Columbia 2-1 inside Baggett Stadium.
Samuelson's infield single led off the 12th inning and Blake Wagenseller reached base on a throwing error, putting runners at first and third with one out. Nick DiCarlo grounded to second base and the throw to the plate was too late to get Samuelson, ending the game.
Cal Poly (4-9) also won Friday's game in walk-off fashion, 3-2, on Cole Cabrera's single into the left-field corner.
Columbia (0-6) scored a run in the fifth on AJ DiFillipo's RBI double and Cal Poly answered in the sixth when Myles Emmerson drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Mustangs wasted an opportunity to post their second straight walk-off win in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Noah Taylor doubled to left field and took third on Connor Gurnik's sacrifice bunt, but Elijah Greene fouled out and Tate Samuelson grounded out to end the threat.
Cal Poly stranded a dozen runners on the basepaths, leaving the sacks loaded in the second and sixth innings.
Samuelson and Elijah Greene both singled twice for Cal Poly. Matt Cerfolio and Liam McGill each produced two hits for Columbia.
Mustang starter Bobby Ay tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a no-decision.
Second game of the doubleheader will start at about 5 p.m. with freshman right-hander Bryan Woo on the mound for Cal Poly.
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