SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly wrapped up its first series sweep of the 2018 baseball season Saturday as three freshmen combined on a six-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over Dartmouth inside Baggett Stadium.
Right-hander Darren Nelson (3-2) allowed three hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win with five strikeouts while righty Taylor Dollard tossed three scoreless frames with two strikeouts. Southpaw Matt Arens secured the final two outs.
With the triumph, Cal Poly completed the sweep — winning both ends of a Friday doubleheader 10-3 and 11-2 — and improved to 11-12 for the season with its second shutout. Completing a 10-game road trip through California with a 1-8 mark and one rainout, Dartmouth fell to 3-12 on the year.
Designated hitter Colby Barrick and left fielder Josh George (pictured above), both seniors, each contributed three hits and center fielder Alex McKenna added a pair of singles as Cal Poly outhit Dartmouth 12-6.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs scored single runs in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth innings.
Nick Meyer's safety squeeze bunt tallied the first run, Nick DiCarlo's single up the middle made it 2-0 and sacrifice flies by Bradlee Beesley and Dylan Doherty (pictured at right) gave Cal Poly a 4-0 cushion after four innings.
Doherty's infield single in the sixth pushed across the final run of the game.
Dartmouth's six hits included two singles by shortstop Nate Ostmo.
The loss was charged to Big Green starter Clay Chatham (1-2) as he gave up all five runs, four earned, and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
Both teams turned three double plays.
For the series, George went 6-for-7 to elevate his batting average from .140 to .245. Beesley, who had a four-hit game in Friday's first contest, was 6-for-11 with four RBIs in the series and is hitting .293 on the year, 154 points higher than he was hitting nine games into the season.
Meyer and McKenna each contributed four hits as Cal Poly compiled a .season-best .371 average in the series, while the pitching staff posted a 1.33 ERA. The Mustangs outscored the Big Green 26-5 to take an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series.
Cal Poly plays its first six Big West Conference games on the road, beginning Thursday with a three-game series at CSUN. The Mustangs also visit Cal State Fullerton on April 6-8.
Photos courtesy of Jack Duffy