WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Cal Poly entered Friday night's Big West Conference baseball game against UC Davis at Raley Field with a streak of four games collecting 10 or more hits, a total of 61, and outscoring its last four foes 41-7.
Aggie junior southpaw Orlando Razo silenced the Mustang bats, tossing a complete-game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts, as UC Davis evened its series against the Mustangs with a 3-0 victory.
Cal Poly's four-game winning streak comes to an end while UC Davis snapped a five-game losing streak. The Mustangs, shut out for the seventh time this season, are 14-19 overall and 5-3 in Big West games, two games behind Long Beach State. The Aggies improved to 10-18 and 3-5.
UC Davis scored all of its runs in the second inning. An infield error ignited the rally and Alex Aguiar took advantage with a two-run double. Ryan Hooper followed with a sacrifice fly to knock in the third run. Two of the runs were unearned.
Razo (4-2), who entered the game with a 4.83 ERA, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a two-out single to Bradlee Beesley. Kyle Marinconz followed by drawing a walk, but a fly ball to center field ended the threat.
Cal Poly also drew two walks in the first inning, but a fly ball to right field left runners at first and third. Michael Sanderson drew a two-out walk in the ninth and Nick Meyer singled, but a pop-up to first base ended the game.
Those were the only six base runners Cal Poly had in the game – four walks and two hits – as Razo retired the side in order six times.
Razo at one time retired 15 consecutive Mustang batters and he also set down nine in a row before the walk and single in the ninth.
The loss went to Mustang sophomore right-hander Spencer Howard (2-1), though his ERA dropped to a Big West-leading 1.79. In six innings, Howard (pictured above) allowed one earned run and six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Cam Schneider worked two scoreless innings in relief.
UC Davis's six hits included a single and double by Aguiar.
Final game of the series will be played Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Dobbins Stadium on the UC Davis campus with sophomore right-hander Bobby Ay (1-3, 3.73 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly.
Photo above of Spencer Howard courtesy of Jack Duffy