SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore infielder Dylan Doherty snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the fourth inning, Cal Poly added six runs to break the game open in the fifth and sophomore right fielder Bradlee Beesley recorded his second four-hit game of the season as the Mustangs defeated Dartmouth 10-3 in the opening game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Friday afternoon inside Baggett Stadium.
Beesley (pictured above) produced two singles, a double and a two-run home run for his third career four-hit game. He went 4-for-5 last week against New Mexico, all singles. Beesley was hitting .139 nine games into the season but has lifted his average 152 points to .291.
With the win, Cal Poly improves to 9-12. Dartmouth, on a 10-game swing through California, fell to 3-10.
Junior right-hander Michael Clark (1-1), the second of three pitchers Cal Poly used in the game, earned the win. He allowed one hit over four scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Connor Redmond pitched the ninth inning, giving up a run on two hits with two strikeouts.
Mustang starter Jarred Zill, held to a pitch count a year following Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs and two hits over four innings with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Cal Poly scored two unearned runs in the third inning on a dropped fly ball behind second base with runners at second and third, pushed across the go-ahead run in the fourth as Josh George doubled with one out and came home on Doherty's single to left field.
The Mustangs sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring six runs. Beesley's two-run home run, his second of the year, made it 5-2, and RBI singles by Myles Emmerson, Darren Nelson and Alex McKenna plus a safety squeeze bunt by Doherty accounted for the remaining four runs in the rally.
McKenna doubled to knock in an insurance run in the seventh.
In addition to Beesley's four-hit game, Cal Poly's 15-hit offensive attack included two singles and a double by George and two hits by McKenna.
Dartmouth was held to five hits – including doubles by Justin Fowler and Dustin Shirley -- by Cal Poly's trio of pitchers.
The loss went to Dartmouth starter Cole O'Connor (1-3) as he allowed nine runs (four earned) and 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings with one walk and one strikeout.
Both teams committed three errors.
Second game of the series and doubleheader will begin at 6:20 p.m. with sophomore southpaw Thomas Triantos on the mound for Cal Poly.