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Held to Three Hits, Cal Poly Falls to Pacific 4-0 in Home Opener

Nick Meyer tags out Carter Hayes after taking throw from right fielder Bradlee Beesley in third inning.
Nick Meyer tags out Carter Hayes after taking throw from right fielder Bradlee Beesley in third inning.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Shelby Lackey and Cooper Casad combined on a three-hit shutout as Pacific spoiled Cal Poly's home opener with a 4-0 victory in a non-conference baseball game Friday night inside Baggett Stadium.

With light showers falling at times throughout the game, Lackey (2-0) struck out five and gave up just one infield hit in the first seven innings while Casad struck out two in two scoreless frames in relief of Lackey for his second save.

Pacific improved to 4-6 with the win while Cal Poly fell to 3-6.

Pacific scored all of its runs in the fourth inning off Mustang starter Michael Clark. Matthew Tarantino singled up the middle with the bases loaded to cash in the first run, Lucas Halstead's sacrifice fly to center field scored the second run and Carter Hayes doubled to left to drive home the final two runs.

Lackey gave up a walk to Alex McKenna leading off the bottom of the first inning, then retired 20 Mustangs in a row before surrendering an infield single to Nick Meyer  with two outs in the seventh inning.

Meyer advanced two bases on a wild pitch and Tate Samuelson walked, but a foul popup ended the Mustang rally.

Cal Poly had two runners on base in just one other frame as Kyle Marinconz (pictured at left) and Meyer both singled in the ninth, but an infield popup dashed the threat and ended the game.

Pacific collected six hits, five singles and the double by Hayes.

The loss went to Clark (0-1), who walked three and struck out seven over six innings. Cam Schneider tossed three scoreless frames in relief of Clark, allowing one hit and striking out two.

The Mustangs and Tigers will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and wrap up the four-game series Sunday, also at 1 o'clock.

Photos courtesy of Alexander Bohlen