MALIBU, Calif. – Noah Taylor tripled to score two runs and came home on an overthrow at third base, snapping a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning, and Cal Poly added two more runs in the eighth before Tuesday's non-conference game at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium was suspended due to darkness.
The game will be completed when Pepperdine visits Cal Poly on May 7, the Mustangs with an 11-6 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning.
Cal Poly led 4-0 with two runs in both the first and third innings. Pepperdine rallied with four runs in the third and two more in the fourth for a 6-4 advantage.
Cal Poly tied the game with two runs in the sixth and broke the deadlock in the seventh with Taylor's triple to dead center field.
Cal Poly produced 17 hits in the game, equaling its season high. Bradlee Beesley and Nick DiCarlo both collected three hits while Connor Gurnik, Elijah Greene, Cole Cabrera, Taylor and Willie Cano each added a pair of hits.
Cal Poly's pitcher of record is Michael Clark, who retired all six Pepperdine batters he faced, two via strikeouts. Michael Mahony, the fourth of five Pepperdine pitchers used in the game, is the pitcher of record for the Waves after giving up the three runs in the seventh.
Beesley and Cabrera recorded RBI singles in the first inning for a 2-0 Mustang lead. Tate Samuelson doubled for an RBI and DiCarlo added a run-scoring single to make it 4-0 in the third.
After Pepperdine scored six runs in the third and fourth innings, Cal Poly answered with two in the sixth on RBI singles by Gurnik and Beesley, tying the game at 6-6.
Myles Emmerson walked and DiCarlo doubled before Taylor tripled over the head of the Pepperdine center fielder to drive in two. An overthrow at third enabled Taylor to score.
Cal Poly added two insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Samuelson and DiCarlo.
The game will be completed May 7 at Baggett Stadium, starting at 5 p.m., followed by the regularly scheduled contest at 6.
Last time Cal Poly had a game suspended was in the 2006 season when the Mustangs played a three-game non-conference series against UC Santa Barbara. The Friday contest at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium was suspended due to darkness and finished two days later, also in Santa Barbara.
Photo above of Connor Gurnik courtesy of Kaylaa Kawasaki | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager