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Long Beach State Blanks Cal Poly 3-0 in Opener of Big West Series

Long Beach State Blanks Cal Poly 3-0 in Opener of Big West Series

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State junior right-hander Darren McCaughan pitched a three-hit shutout as the Dirtbags defeated Cal Poly 3-0 in the opener of a Big West Conference baseball series between the top two clubs Friday night before 2,156 at Blair Field.

In earning his fourth complete game of the year, McCaughan (6-2) struck out 11 and walked just one for Long Beach State, 29-14-1 overall and 14-2, atop the Big West by four games over Cal State Fullerton.

Cal Poly fell into third place, 4.5 games off the pace at 8-5, and the Mustangs are 20-24 for the year.

Cal Poly produced just a pair of serious scoring opportunities against McCaughan, the 2016 Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Alex McKenna opened the game by reaching second base on a Long Beach State throwing error, but was left stranded at third base.

The Mustangs had runners at first and third with one out in the sixth, but Bradlee Beesley was thrown out trying to steal second base and Scott Ogrin was left stranded at third.

Cal Poly's three hits were a two-out single by McKenna in the third inning, a two-out single by Beesley in the sixth and a one-out single by pinch-hitter Kevin Morgan in the eighth.

For the fourth time this season, Mustang Friday night starter Erich Uelmen received no run support from his teammates. In falling to 2-8 on the year, Uelmen allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Cal Poly was shut out for the eighth time this season, a school Division I record.

Long Beach State scored twice in the first inning and added another run in the third. Ramsey Romano singled to knock in the first run and a double steal produced the second run in the opening frame. Lucas Tancas doubled to drive in the third-inning marker.

Brock Lundquist singled three times to spark Long Beach State's nine-hit offensive attack. Daniel Jackson added two singles.

Second game of the series will be played Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with sophomore right-hander Spencer Howard (4-1, 2.24 ERA) to start on the mound for Cal Poly.