SURPRISE, Arizona – Cal Poly rallied for five unearned runs in the ninth inning to tie the game and Scott Ogrin snapped the deadlock with a two-out home run in the 10th as the Mustangs opened their 2018 baseball season with an 8-7 victory over Gonzaga in the College Baseball Classic on Friday inside Surprise Stadium.
Gonzaga seemingly broke the game open in the eighth with four runs, three of them unearned, to take a 7-2 lead, but Cal Poly took advantage of a Gonzaga error and Dylan Doherty blooped an RBI single to left field, Josh George doubled home two and Bradley Beesley singled to knock in the final two and tie the game at 7-7.
Ogrin (pictured above) broke the deadlock in the 10th with his no-doubt monster home run over the bullpen and up the grass berm beyond left field.
Gonzaga's first two batters in the bottom of the 10th singled, but freshman right-hander Taylor Dollard secured a strikeout on a called third strike and rolled a double-play ball to end the game.
Dollard (1-0) earned the win with two strikeouts and two hits over two scoreless innings. The Mustangs used six pitchers in the game, with starter Michael Clark allowing three runs and eight hits over five innings and three freshmen, including Dollard, keeping Gonzaga relatively quiet over the final 2 1/3 innings.
After Gonzaga scored three runs in the third inning for a 3-0 lead, Cal Poly answered with a run in the fourth on a home run by Kyle Marinconz and another in the sixth on an RBI single by Beesley.
Cal Poly's 11 hits included two each by George, Beesley and Ogrin.
Gonzaga, which left 17 runners on the basepaths, collected 16 hits, including four by third baseman Ernie Yake. Daniel Fredrickson added three hits.
The Mustangs, 0-26 when trailing after eight innings a year ago, is 1-0 this spring.
Cal Poly faces New Mexico on Saturday at 4 p.m. PST.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Pluim