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Cal Poly Falls to UC Davis in Series and Season Finale, 4-2

Cal Poly Falls to UC Davis in Series and Season Finale, 4-2

DAVIS, Calif. – Cal Poly mustered just two runs and six hits in the final game of the 2015 baseball season Saturday, falling 4-2 to UC Davis in a Big West Conference contest at Dobbins Stadium.

Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs finished the year dead even at 27-27 and 14-10 in Big West games. Cal Poly, off to a 1-6 start and eight games under the .500 mark on April 4, battled back with a 17-9 mark to close out the season, one year after capturing its first Big West championship.

UC Davis posted a 30-26-1 overall mark and 9-15 for seventh place in the Big West. The Aggies were 18-7-1 in late March before losing 19 of their last 31 contests.

UC Davis built a 3-0 lead with two runs in the second and one in the fifth. John Williams singled in one run in the second and Tanner Bily drew a bases-loaded walk for the second run. Austin March hit a one-out solo home run to right field in the fifth, his fourth of the year, to give the Aggies their 3-0 advantage.

After being held scoreless on one hit through the first five innings, Cal Poly got two runs back in the sixth. Peter Van Gansen tripled with one out to drive in one run and he came home on an RBI single up the middle by Brian Mundell.

Cal Poly loaded the bases in the eighth, but Brett Barbier, 3-for-3 with the bases loaded this season, flied out to right field in an 11-pitch at-bat.

Senior southpaw Taylor Chris (3-3), in his second career start, allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings with four walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Raul Jacobson (6-4), a senior right-hander for UC Davis, earned the victory, giving up two runs and six hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Zack Stone pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.

Van Gansen and Tommy Pluschkell both had two of Cal Poly's six hits. UC Davis compiled nine hits, including two each by March, Williams and Evan Heptig.

Cal Poly finished fourth in the Big West, one game behind UC Irvine, which defeated CSUN 5-1. Cal State Fullerton clinched the Big West title Friday night, with UC Santa Barbara second.

The Mustangs were 10-2 in Big West games at home this season, including sweeps against UC Riverside and Hawaii, but were 1-2 in each of their four conference series on the road, winning the opener each time before losing the last two games.