PHOENIX, Ariz. – Grand Canyon scored six times in both the second and fifth innings and coasted to a 16-3 victory over Cal Poly in the middle game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Saturday night in Brazell Stadium.
Outhit 16-7, Cal Poly fell to 11-4 for the season. Grand Canyon improved to 9-5.
Cal Poly scored twice in the third inning to cut Grand Canyon's lead to 7-2. Junior first baseman Brett Barbier singled home both runs.
But Cal Poly was held scoreless from the fourth through eighth innings, tallying one run in the ninth on Josh Olivarria's pinch-hit single.
Cal Poly used five pitchers in the game, freshman right-hander Cam Schneider (1-1) absorbing the loss. He gave up five runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Only Mustang pitcher not to give up a run was the last one, freshman Craig Colen, with two scoreless frames and four strikeouts.
Ethan Evanko (2-1) earned the win, allowing two runs and three hits over five innings with nine strikeouts.
Cal Poly's seven hits, all singles, included two by Barbier. Shortstop Paul Panaccione was 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI for Grand Canyon.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at noon with sophomore right-hander Erich Uelmen (2-0) on the mound for Cal Poly.