SANTA CLARA, Calif. – It was not easy, but Cal Poly snapped its six-game losing streak Tuesday night.
Second baseman Kyle Marinconz drove in three runs with a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly while third baseman Michael Sanderson knocked in two with a double and triple as the Mustangs defeated Santa Clara 11-7 at Stephen Schott Stadium.
Cal Poly (2-6) let an early 2-0 lead slip away, rebounded with four runs in the fourth and three in the seventh for a 10-4 advantage and held on for its second win of the year.
Santa Clara fell to 1-6.
Freshman right fielder Bradlee Beesley established a new Cal Poly Division I record by drawing five walks. Seven former Mustangs walked four times in a game during the Mustangs' previous 22 seasons in Division I.
Beesley also was hit by a pitch, thus reaching base all six times he came to the plate, scoring three times.
Sanderson (pictured at right) doubled in a run in the second and tripled to knock in another run in the fourth. Marinconz's sacrifice fly in the fourth capped Cal Poly's four-run rally and he added a run-scoring double in the sixth and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.
Junior left fielder Josh George singled twice, driving in a run in the fourth, and catcher Nick Meyer knocked in three runs with a two-run single in the seventh and a safety squeeze bunt for a single in the ninth as Cal Poly outhit Santa Clara 11-8.
Senior right-hander Slater Lee (1-0) (pictured above), the second of four Cal Poly pitchers used in the game, earned the win, allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits over four innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
Sophomore righty Spencer Howard struck out five of the six batters he faced for a two-inning save.
Santa Clara used seven pitchers, Luke Genova (0-1) tagged with the loss as he allowed all four runs in the fourth inning.
Center fielder Andre Nnebe went 3-for-3, all singles, and drove in two runs for Santa Clara. Designated hitter Niko Holm added a single and double for one RBI.
Santa Clara pitchers issued 13 walks and hit three Cal Poly batters, but the Mustangs stranded 14 runners on the basepaths.
Cal Poly wraps up a season-opening 11-game road trip by visiting San Diego State for a three-game weekend series at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Photos courtesy of Jack Duffy