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Cal Poly Earns Second Walk-Off Win of the Week on a Wild Pitch

Cal Poly Earns Second Walk-Off Win of the Week on a Wild Pitch


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the second time this week, Cal Poly has earned a walk-off win on a wild pitch.

With a Cal Poly runner at third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the score tied at 4-4, San Diego State elected to intentionally walk senior left fielder Colby Barrick, who was hitting .357 and produced an RBI single earlier in the game.

Casey Schmitt's fourth ball to Barrick was wide to the left of catcher Dean Nevarez and went all the way to the backstop, allowing Nick Meyer to score the winning run in a 5-4 Cal Poly victory Saturday night inside Baggett Stadium.

On Monday, Meyer scored on a one-out wild pitch as the Mustangs edged New Mexico in walk-off fashion, 5-4, in 10 innings.

Cal Poly has evened the series against San Diego State at a game apiece and improved to 8-11 with Saturday's win. The Aztecs fell to 12-6.

Trailing 4-1 after San Diego State scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh, Cal Poly rallied for three runs in the eighth to catch the Aztecs at 4-4.

Barrick singled through the left side of the Aztec infield for the first run, Scott Ogrin singled up the middle to make it 4-3 and Schmitt hit the second batter he faced, junior shortstop Kyle Marinconz, with the bases loaded to force in the tying run.

Meyer led off the ninth with a single up the middle, his fourth hit of the contest and the second four-hit game of his three-year Mustang career. Tate Samuelson's comebacker allowed Meyer to take second and he moved to third on Myles Emmerson's grounder to shortstop, setting the stage for the intentional walk to Barrick and the game-ending wild pitch.

Junior right-hander Cam Schneider (3-1), who also was the winning pitcher against New Mexico five days earlier, earned the win Saturday with a perfect ninth inning. The loss went to Schmitt (0-1).

In addition to Meyer's four singles, Cal Poly's remaining six hits were singles by six different players. Senior outfielder Josh George singled down the left-field line to drive in the sixth-inning run for the Mustangs, only his second hit in his last 20 at-bats over 13 games.

Meyer, who also had four hits as a freshman against UC Davis, lifted his average 38 points to .328 Saturday.

San Diego State amassed 14 hits, including three singles and a double by center fielder Julian Escobedo, who entered the game with a .212 average. Nevarez added three singles and first baseman Jordan Verdon doubled twice for the second straight game. Shortstop David Hensley and right fielder Chase Calabuig also had two hits each for the Aztecs.

Though he reached base twice, Marinconz saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end.

Mustang starter Trent Shelton has not received much run support in four of his five starts, two losses and a pair of no-decisions.

The senior southpaw's lone victory this year was a 9-0 triumph against Pacific when Shelton tossed seven scoreless frames with 10 strikeouts. In pitching 23 2/3 innings in his other four starts, he received three runs from his offense.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with freshman right-hander Darren Nelson (2-1, 2.66 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly.

Photo of Nick Meyer mobbed by teammates after scoring on walk-off wild pitch courtesy of Lauren Pluim