SURPRISE, Arizona – Branson Trube snapped a 4-4 tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning to lift Gonzaga to a 5-4 victory over Cal Poly on the final day of the College Baseball Classic on Monday inside Surprise Stadium.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs, who at one time led 4-2, completed tournament play with a 1-3 record. Gonzaga evened its mark at 2-2.
Gonzaga erased the early 1-0 deficit with two unearned runs in the second inning and Cal Poly answered with a pair of runs in the third. After a one-out error, Tate Samuelson doubled to tie the game at 2-2 and Blake Wagenseller's RBI single gave the Mustangs a 3-2 lead.
Cal Poly added another run in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. George was hit by a pitch with one out and, after Samuelson walked, Kyle Marinconz singled to knock in George.
Gonzaga took advantage of two Cal Poly errors for a pair of runs to tie the game in the sixth and Trube hit his first career collegiate home run to left field to give the Bulldogs the lead.
McKenna, who doubled and singled, and Meyer, who singled twice, led Cal Poly offensively with two hits each. Gonzaga's nine hits included two each by Ernie Yake, Jake Vieth and Adam Pinorini.
Mason Millett, the third of four Gonzaga pitchers, earned the victory, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and a pair of strikeouts. Michael Spellacy earned his first save with a scoreless ninth inning.
The loss went to Mustang senior southpaw Kyle Smith (0-1) as he allowed the home run to Trube. Smith struck out three over 2 1/3 innings. Starter Darren Nelson allowed four runs (one earned) and six hits over 4 1/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Taylor Dollard (pictured above) secured the final four outs.
The Mustangs hit into three double plays and committed three errors. Three of Gonzaga's runs were unearned.
Cal Poly will play No. 3/4 Arkansas in the Tony Gwynn Legacy on Friday at San Diego State. The Mustangs also face Grand Canyon on Saturday and Michigan on Sunday.
Photo above of Taylor Dollard courtesy of Lauren Pluim