SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Cal Poly erased a four-run deficit with four runs in the fourth inning, but Santa Clara regained the lead and held on to beat the Mustangs 10-7 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night inside Stephen Schott Stadium.
Trying to go above the .500 mark for the first time since the season-opening win over Gonzaga, Cal Poly instead falls to 19-20 for the year. Santa Clara, which had lost 16 of 18 games since a 14-5 start, improved to 17-21.
Santa Clara broke the deadlock with a run in the bottom of the fourth and added two insurance runs in the sixth and three unearned runs in the eighth.
Cal Poly had two runners on base in both the seventh and eighth innings, but had to settle for just one run on an RBI double by Josh George to left field. The Mustangs added two more in the ninth on Samuelson's fifth home run of the season. Samuelson now has a team-leading 28 RBI.
Cal Poly's 11 hits included a single and double by George, two singles by Beesley (pictured above), the home run by Samuelson and doubles by Kyle Marinconz, Skipps and Meyer.
Santa Clara collected 13 hits off a quartet of Mustang pitchers. Jason Dicochea had a 4-for-5 day at the plate, all singles, with a pair of RBI while both Austin Reyes and Joe Becht went 3-for-4, all singles, with one RBI each.
Earning the victory was Penn Murfee (5-3), the transfer from Vanderbilt who allowed three runs and seven hits over the final 5 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
The loss was charged to Cal Poly freshman southpaw Matt Arens (1-1) as he allowed the go-ahead run in the fourth. Arens was the second of four Mustang pitchers used in the game.
Cal Poly returns home to host UCLA for a three-game non-conference series Friday through Sunday inside Baggett Stadium.
Photo above of Bradlee Beesley courtesy of Lauren Pluim