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Cal Poly Rallies to Defeat CSU Bakersfield, 6-4

Cal Poly Rallies to Defeat CSU Bakersfield, 6-4

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Nick Meyer and Michael Sanderson produced RBI singles in the seventh inning as Cal Poly turned a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead and went on to post a 6-4 triumph over CSU Bakersfield in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Hardt Field.

Playing its final midweek game of the 2016 campaign, Cal Poly earned just its second win of the season when trailing after six innings (2-16) and improved to 29-22 for the year, clinching its 14th winning season in the last 17 years.

The host Roadrunners had a six-game winning streak snapped and fell to 15-35.

Cal Poly jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first four innings and starter Jarred Zill faced the minimum 12 CSU Bakersfield batters during his four-inning stint on the mound.

The Roadrunners scored two runs off Kyle Smith in the fifth inning and two more off Justin Bruihl in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.

Cal Poly answered with a pair in the top of the seventh on two walks and the run-scoring singles by Meyer for his 21st RBI of the year, tying the game at 4-4, and Sanderson for his 29th RBI of the season, giving the Mustangs the 5-4 lead.

Kevin Morgan (pictured above) drove in an insurance run in the ninth with a triple into the right-field corner.

Cal Poly compiled 15 hits, including a single, triple and home run by Morgan, his first collegiate round-tripper and three-bagger. The junior knocked in two runs. Sanderson added a single and double while Brett Barbier, Brett Binning and Meyer both singled twice.

Barbier, who had hitting streaks of 12 and 16 games earlier this season, extended his current streak to 10 games for Cal Poly, which snapped an eight-game road losing streak with Tuesday's win.

CSU Bakersfield collected 11 hits, all singles, led by David Metzgar and Chance Gusbeth with two each.

Limited by a pitch count, Zill allowed one hit in four scoreless innings with no walks and one strikeout. Slater Lee (2-1) earned the win , pitching one scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Erich Uelmen secured the final seven outs for his first save, giving up no hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

The loss was charged to Adam Coats (1-1), the second of three Roadrunner pitchers, as he gave up the two runs to Cal Poly in the seventh inning. Starter Max Carter surrendered three runs (two earned) and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Cal Poly scored two runs in the third inning on Barbier's two-run single down the left-field line. Morgan made it 3-0 with his home run in the fourth.

Cal Poly plays its final three road games of the 2016 regular season this weekend at UC Riverside. The Big West series begins Friday night at 6 o'clock, followed by games Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 o'clock.