SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Junior shortstop Kyle Marinconz belted a two-run home run, freshman third baseman Tate Samuelson added three hits and a pair of RBI and sophomore southpaw Thomas Triantos (pictured above) earned his first victory of the season as Cal Poly completed a doubleheader sweep against Dartmouth with an 11-2 victory Friday night inside Baggett Stadium.
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 the Big Green 10-3 in the opener.
With the pair of wins, Cal Poly improved to 10-12 on the year. Dartmouth, on a 10-game swing through California, fell to 3-11.
In the nightcap, Cal Poly erupted for three runs in the first inning and never looked back. Marinconz knocked in the first two with his third home run of the season and Samuelson's RBI single to right field made it 3-0.
Cal Poly added two runs in the third on Samuelson's fielder's choice and a Dartmouth throwing error, two more in the sixth on an RBI triple by Doherty and a sacrifice fly by Marinconz, and broke the game open with four in the eighth on another Dartmouth error, a bases-loaded walk to Beesley and a two-run single to left-center field by Nick Meyer.
Triantos (1-2), 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits over 5 2/3 innings for the victory with one walk and four strikeouts. Junior righty Cam Schneider picked up his first save by tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out three.
The loss went to Jack Fossand (1-2) as he surrendered seven runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
In addition to Samuelson's double and two singles, Beesley and Meyer each contributed two hits to Cal Poly's nine-hit attack. Justin Fowler doubled twice for Dartmouth and Dustin Shirley added two singles.
In the opener, Beesley 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 with six hits Friday, has lifted his average 164 points to .303.
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 (pictured above right) 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 Fowler and 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 in the opener.
Final game of the series will be played Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with freshman right-hander Darren Nelson (2-2, 2.92 ERA) of Cal Poly to face Dartmouth senior righty Clay Chatham (1-1, 5.40 ERA).
Photos courtesy of Alexander Bohlen