Cal Poly, No. 15 UCLA Split Monday Doubleheader
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior right-hander Mason Radeke scattered five hits over 7 1/3 innings while Mitch Haniger and Denver Chavez singled to drive in the runs as Cal Poly edged No. 15 UCLA 2-1 in the opening game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Monday afternoon in Baggett Stadium.
The visiting Bruins won the nightcap 8-0 as Trevor Bauer allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings. The split leaves Cal Poly with a 7-9 record while UCLA stands 9-7.
Radeke (2-1) (pictured above) allowed one run – a solo home run by UCLA third baseman Cody Regis in the eighth inning – and walked one while striking out eight, seven on called third strikes. He threw 97 pitches. Junior right-hander Jeff Johnson secured the final five outs, two on strikeouts, for his second save.
Gerrit Cole pitched the first two innings for UCLA and Adam Plutko (2-2) suffered the loss, surrendering both runs and seven hits in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Cal Poly scored in the fifth inning on an infield single up the middle by Chavez and added its second run in the sixth on Haniger's RBI single to left field.
Mustang center fielder Bobby Crocker produced his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with one run scored. Regis had two of UCLA's five hits.
Bauer (3-1) and two Bruin relievers dominated the nightcap. Bauer struck out 12 and walked two in his seven innings of work while Mitchell Beacom and Nick Vander Tuig each tossed an inning in relief. The trio combined to limit Cal Poly to just three hits.
Mustang junior southpaw Kyle Anderson (1-4) allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits in one-plus inning. Joey Wagman (5 1/3 innings), Eugene Wright (1 2/3 innings) and Taylor Chris (1.0 innings) all pitched well in relief for Cal Poly.
Crocker again was the lone Mustang to collect more than one hit as he finished a 5-for-8 day with a pair of infield singles, raising his batting average to .328. Freshman David Armendariz contributed a double.
The Mustangs had two runners on base only once in the nightcap. In the fourth, Armendariz doubled with two outs and JJ Thompson drew a walk, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Cal Poly, which has played its last nine games at home, visits Pepperdine (9-10) for a single game Tuesday at 3 p.m. before returning home to host Minnesota (7-7) for a three-game weekend series in Baggett Stadium, opening a seven-game homestand. Friday's game starts at 6 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. contest Saturday and a 10 a.m. series finale Sunday.