Apr 29, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Nos. 4/9 UCLA snapped a 3-3 tie with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and held on to beat Cal Poly 6-4, completing a three-game non-conference series sweep Sunday inside Baggett Stadium.
In losing the three games to a top-10 team by a total of nine runs, Cal Poly has a four-game losing streak for the first time this season, falling to 19-23. UCLA has won seven straight games, improving to 29-10 for the year. The Mustangs led both Friday's and Saturday's games and were tied through four innings Sunday.
Cal Poly erased a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the second inning and Michael Clark settled down after allowing three runs in the first frame, at one time striking out five consecutive Bruin hitters.
The Mustangs, however, were held scoreless after the second inning by five Bruin pitchers until the ninth inning when Cal Poly loaded the bases and brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Colby Barrick scored on a wild pitch, but a pop up to shortstop ended the game.
Cal Poly also had two runners on base in the seventh, but a fly ball to left field ended that threat.
Despite losing three games to UCLA and its first 0-4 week of the season, Cal Poly remains tied for fourth place in the Big West with UC Santa Barbara, both 6-6 and three games behind first-place Cal State Fullerton (9-3) with 12 games remaining for each team.
UCLA right-hander Ryan Garcia (5-0) tossed five innings for the win, allowing three runs (one earned) and three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Holden Powell earned his sixth save and second of the series despite giving up a run in the ninth.
Clark (3-4) also struck out eight in defeat, allowing five runs (four earned) and seven hits over five innings with four walks.
UCLA's nine hits included a home run and single by Chase Strumpf and two singles by Garrett Mitchell. Kevin Kendall added a double. Strumpf's solo blast leading off the seventh inning gave the Bruins a 6-3 advantage.
Cal Poly was paced by Barrick with two singles. Scott Ogrin added a run-scoring double.
The Mustang rally in the second inning was highlighted by Ogrin's double. A pair of UCLA errors accounted for the other two runs.
Cal Poly hit .234 in the series, catcher Nick Meyer leading the way with a 6-for-12 weekend. Ogrin was 4-for-12 with three RBI while Barrick, Kyle Marinconz and Dylan Doherty each had three hits.
Cal Poly hosts Santa Clara for a rematch Tuesday night — the Broncos posted a 10-7 victory over the Mustangs last week — before heading to Honolulu for a three-game weekend series against second-place Hawai'i.
Photos courtesy of Michael Glasgow