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McKenna Homers Twice as Cal Poly Shuts Out Santa Clara, 15-0

McKenna Homers Twice as Cal Poly Shuts Out Santa Clara, 15-0

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sophomore center fielder Alex McKenna belted two home runs and knocked in five runs, sophomore designated hitter Nick Meyer added three hits and a trio of RBI and four Cal Poly pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Mustangs blanked Santa Clara 15-0 on Tuesday night before 1,355 inside Baggett Stadium.

Starter Kyle Smith and three relievers, including winning pitcher Cam Schneider (2-2) combined to strike out 10 Bronco batters and the Mustangs banged out 13 hits and took advantage of seven walks and three Santa Clara errors for the victory.

Cal Poly earned its third straight win, improving to 13-18 overall, while Santa Clara fell to 7-25 with its third consecutive loss.

The Mustangs, 11-7 winners over the Broncos on Feb. 28, broke up a scoreless duel with two runs in the fourth inning and added three in the fifth, eight in the sixth and two more in the seventh on their way to the lopsided win.

Meyer, battling a stomach ailment, singled to drive in two runs in the fourth and McKenna (pictured above, left) smashed his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field in the fifth frame for a 5-0 Cal Poly lead.

The Mustangs sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth. Key hits were two-run doubles by second baseman Scott Ogrin and catcher Myles Emmerson, run-scoring singles by third baseman Bradlee Beesley, first baseman Michael Sanderson and pinch-hitter Kevin Morgan and Meyer's leadoff single and RBI double.

McKenna homered to left field with a man aboard in the seventh to complete the scoring.

Emmerson and Beesley each produced two hits for Cal Poly.

Santa Clara's only hits were a double by right fielder Niko Holm in the fourth frame and a single by shortstop Austin Fisher in the third inning.

Smith allowed two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Schneider (pictured above, right) tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames with six strikeouts for the win and Austin Dondanville and Connor Redmond each pitched one scoreless inning.

The loss went to Santa Clara starter Alex Barden (0-1) as he surrendered five runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. Seven Bronco pitchers were used in the game.

Cal Poly returns to Big West play Thursday through Saturday with a three-game set at UC Davis. Friday's contest will be played at Raley Field in West Sacramento, home of the Sacramento River Cats, starting at 6 p.m.

Photo above of Alex McKenna courtesy of Matt Aguirre
Photo above of Cam Schneider courtesy of Jack Duffy