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.
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.