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Cal Poly Earns 7-1 Victory Over Central California Rival Fresno State

Cal Poly Earns 7-1 Victory Over Central California Rival Fresno State


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Nick Meyer and Michael Sanderson each drove in two runs and Thomas Triantos pitched four scoreless innings for his second win as Cal Poly stretched its winning streak to three games with a 7-1 victory over Fresno State on Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.

With the non-conference win, Cal Poly improves to 22-13 for the year. Mustang head coach Larry Lee is 21-6 over the last 12 seasons against the Bulldogs.

Fresno State, second-place team in the Mountain West Conference, fell to 24-14.

Sanderson, whose 34-game streak of reaching base safely ended at 34 games, nevertheless knocked in a pair of runs with two sacrifice flies while Meyer pushed across two runs with a fourth-inning squeeze bunt and a sacrifice fly of his own in the fifth.

Brett Barbier (pictured above) produced a single and double, scored twice, extended his streak of reaching base safely to 35 games and stretched his current hitting streak to 11 games, one shy of his season high.

Triantos (2-0) (pictured at right) relieved starter Cam Schneider to start the fourth inning and scattered five hits over four frames. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Schneider allowed a run and three hits with four strikeouts over three innings while Craig Colen tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

The loss went to Fresno State starter Kenny Varnell (1-1) as he allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits over four innings with no walks and two strikeouts.

Fresno State outhit Cal Poly 12-8, led by center fielder Brody Russell with a double and two singles and second baseman Ryan Dobson with three singles.

Barbier was the lone Mustang with multiple hits. First baseman Cooper Moore added a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning and right fielder John Schuknecht doubled leading off the fourth.

Cal Poly scored twice in the first inning and, after Fresno State scored its lone run of the game in the third on an RBI single by Russell, broke the contest open with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

The Mustangs resume Big West Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Blue-Green rival and No. 11/13 UC Santa Barbara (25-7-1) inside Baggett Stadium. Games on Friday and Saturday nights begin at 6 o'clock with Sunday's finale set for 1 p.m.