SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Cal Poly erupted for three runs in the first inning and freshman Bradlee Beesley produced his first four-hit game as a Mustang.
San Diego State, however, rallied from the early 3-0 deficit for a 6-4 victory over the Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium, clinching the three-game non-conference series.
The loss was Cal Poly's eighth in its last nine games as the Mustangs fell to 2-8 on the year. San Diego State, which won Friday's series opener 5-0, improved to 7-4.
Beesley opened the game with a double to the gap in left-center field, igniting Cal Poly's three-run first-inning rally. Second baseman Kyle Marinconz singled to drive in two runs and catcher Nick Meyer followed with a run-scoring single.
San Diego State answered with a run in the bottom of the first, three more in the third and two in the fourth for a 6-3 advantage. Cal Poly's only answer was a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Scott Ogrin in the fifth.
The Mustangs left the bases loaded in the first and fourth innings and stranded nine runners on the basepaths for the game.
Beesley added three singles to his double and had four of Cal Poly's nine hits. Third baseman Michael Sanderson added a double.
San Diego State also had nine hits, including two each by second baseman Alan Trejo, third baseman Andrew Brown and first baseman Jordan Verdon.
One of Trejo's hits was a solo home run leading off the bottom of the first inning and right fielder Tyler Adkison added a two-run blast in the fourth.
Winning pitcher Dominic Purpura (2-0) scattered eight hits over five innings for the win, the senior southpaw allowing four runs and one walk with four strikeouts. Closer CJ Saylor earned his third save.
The loss went to junior right-hander Jarred Zill (0-3) as he surrendered six runs, all earned, and six hits in four innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with sophomore right-hander Bobby Ay on the mound for Cal Poly.
Photo above of Bradlee Beesley courtesy of Jack Duffy