STOCKTON, Calif. – Cal Poly snapped its scoreless innings streak, but not the losing streak.
Pacific shattered a 1-1 tie with a seven-run sixth-inning explosion and defeated the Mustangs 8-3 in the finale of a non-conference baseball series Sunday afternoon at Klein Family Field.
In sweeping Cal Poly in a three-game series for the first time since 1999, Pacific improved to 4-2 on the year under second-year head coach Mike Neu. Cal Poly fell to 1-6 with its sixth consecutive loss after winning the season opener 6=4 at Cal last weekend.
Pacific led 1-0 after three innings and Cal Poly knotted the score at 1-1 in the sixth. Josh George doubled with two outs and came home on an RBI single to right field by Alex McKenna. The Mustangs nearly added two more runs but Elijah Skipps' blooper to shallow left field was caught by a diving Danny Mayer.
The run was Cal Poly's first since scoring twice in the seventh inning at Stanford on Thursday night, breaking a string of 25 scoreless frames, a school Division I record.
The tie was short-lived as Pacific sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Mayer provided the big blow with a three-run home run to cap the rally and Nate Verlin and Jimmy Boras added RBI singles.
Cal Poly could only muster single runs in the seventh and ninth. Kyle Marinconz (pictured above) drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and eventually came home on a wild pitch while Bradlee Beesley drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth.
Junior right-hander Jarred Zill (0-2) suffered the loss. After allowing just one run and three hits through the first five innings, Zill was knocked out in the sixth. He struck out six. Slater Lee, Trent Shelton and Craig Colen also pitched for the Mustangs.
Ricky Reynoso (1-1), who could get just four outs last weekend at San Diego State, went 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Mustangs and gave up one run and three hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Cal Poly's four hits included a single and double by outfielder Josh George.
Pacific compiled 10 hits, Mayer leading the way with a single and home run for four RBI. Verlin added two singles and an RBI while Matt Tarantino had a double and one RBI.
Cal Poly wraps up a season-opening 11-game road trip with four games next week, visiting Santa Clara on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and San Diego State for a three-game weekend series at Tony Gwynn Stadium.