SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly scored twice in the ninth inning of the opener and three times in the final frame of the nightcap, but fell short both times as Nebraska held on for 6-5 and 6-4 victories in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader before 1,594 inside Baggett Stadium.
All four games in the series were decided by one or two runs. Nebraska claimed the series, three games to one, and improved to 12-10 for the season while Cal Poly fell to 8-15, wrapping up a 12-game home stand with a 6-6 mark.
In the opener, southpaw Jake Meyers scattered four hits over eight innings and Nebraska scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth for the win.
Cal Poly's six hits included two each by center fielder Alex McKenna and designated hitter Bradlee Beesley. Right fielder Scott Ogrin (pictured above) added a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his first as a Mustang.
Angelo Altavilla and Scott Schreiber both had two of Nebraska's nine hits.
Meyers (4-1) allowed three runs with two walks and five strikeouts and Luis Alvarado earned his third save despite giving up two runs in the ninth.
The loss went to Mustang right-hander Bobby Ay (0-4) as he surrendered three runs and five hits over five innings with one walk and a career-high five strikeouts.
In the Mustang ninth, McKenna singled to left field for an RBI and left fielder Josh George's sacrifice fly to left made it a one-run game. With the tying run at second base, however, a fly ball to center field ended the game.
In the nightcap, Nebraska broke open a 2-0 contest with three runs in the fifth inning and reliever Nate Fisher held Cal Poly at bay until the ninth when the Mustangs bunched together five hits for three runs.
Ogrin hit his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to left-center field, and Kevin Morgan stroked a pinch-hit RBI single to center field to make it 6-4. With Mustang runners at first and third with one out, Nebraska turned a 6-4-3 double play to close out the victory.
Cal Poly's first run of the game came in the fifth inning on a leadoff home run by sophomore shortstop Kyle Marinconz, his first as a Mustang.
George and Marinconz each produced two of Cal Poly's eight hits.
Nebraska compiled 10 hits, inluding two each by Mojo Hagge and Mike Waldron.
Fisher (1-0) tossed 4 2/3 innings in relief for the win, striking out four. Robbie Palkert threw three pitches for his first save, getting the game-ending double play grounder.
The loss went to Mustang sophomore right-hander Cam Schneider (1-2) as he allowed five runs (four earned) and five hits over four innings with no walks and three strikeouts.
Cal Poly, which visits Nebraska in Lincoln for a four-game series next year, hit only .231 this weekend, led by Ogrin and Beesley with four hits each. The Mustangs compiled a 3.25 staff ERA but committed eight errors in four games.
Cal Poly plays four games on the road next week, visiting Fresno State on Tuesday night and opening Big West Conference play Friday night with the first of three games at UC Irvine.