FRESNO, Calif. – Center fielder Jake Stone led an 18-hit Fresno State attack with three singles and a double, sparking the Bulldogs to a 12-8 victory over Cal Poly on Tuesday night inside Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.
Fresno State (14-10) broke open a 3-1 contest with seven runs in the fourth inning and never looked back as Cal Poly (8-16) fell to 2-10 on the road.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs produced a pair of three-run rallies in the fifth and eighth innings and compiled 13 hits, but couldn't complete the comeback from a 10-1 deficit.
Left fielder Josh George, who snapped an 0-for-22 slump with two hits in the final game of the Nebraska series Saturday, went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI against Fresno State three days later.
Center fielder Alex McKenna, designated hitter Bradlee Beesley and backup catcher Myles Emmerson each added two singles for Cal Poly, McKenna driving in a pair of runs. Catcher Nick Meyer added an RBI single and a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
In addition to Stone's four-hit day, Jesse Medrano, Aaron Arruda, Scott Silva, Jared Akins, Zach Ashford and Korby Batesole all had two hits for Fresno State. One of Arruda's hits was a three-run home run and he knocked in four runs for the game while Ashford added a solo shot.
Fresno State used seven pitchers in the game. Isaiah Davis (1-0), the fifth Bulldog to take the mound, was credited with the win as he tossed two scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.
The loss was charged to Mustang freshman right-hander Connor Redmond (0-1) as he surrendered three runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Sophomore righty Craig Colen, the last of four Cal Poly pitchers, tossed 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless frames with four strikeouts.
The Mustangs scored a run in the third inning on an RBI single by Meyer, added three more in the fifth on a run-scoring single by McKenna, an RBI double by George and a sacrifice fly by Meyer. Another three-run rally in the eighth was sparked by RBI singles from Alec Smith and McKenna plus a run-scoring groundout by Jack Kuzma.
Cal Poly loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but scored just once on a bases-loaded walk, a strikeout and groundout ending the contest.
The Mustangs committed two more errors, raising their season total to 43 in 24 games, but only one of the Fresno State runs was unearned.
Cal Poly opens Big West Conference play Friday night with the first of three games against UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters, 11-10 overall, were swept by Houston at home last weekend and fell to Loyola Marymount 4-2 Tuesday night.