HONOLULU, Hawaii – Cal Poly erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit and went on to defeat Hawaii 10-9 in a Big West Conference baseball game Saturday night inside Les Murakami Stadium.
Tate Samuelson and Elijah Skipps produced two-run doubles and Scott Ogrin (pictured above) homered, his fourth of the season, for two more runs for the Mustangs, who improved their overall record to 21-24 and, with their fourth series win of the year, remain second in the Big West with an 8-6 mark, three games behind front-runner Cal State Fullerton.
Hawaii fell to 22-19 and 8-9.
Cal Poly, 14-3 against the Rainbow Warriors since Hawaii joined the Big West in 2013 and 7-1 in Honolulu during that span, added two runs in the seventh to maintain the upper hand.
Samuelson and Ogrin both drove in three runs – Samuelson raising his season total to a team-leading 36 -- and Samuelson, Kyle Marinconz, Nick Meyer and Elijah Skipps each had two of Cal Poly's 12 hits.
Hawaii collected a season-high 15 hits, led by Maaki Yamazaki and Kekai Rios, each with three singles, Dustin Demeter with two singles and a double and Dylan Vchulek with two singles. Adam Fogel hit a three-run home run, his fifth of the year.
Fogel's home run gave Hawaii a 3-1 lead in the first frame, snapping a 19-inning scoreless streak, and the Rainbow Warriors added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Johnny Weeks.
Cal Poly chased Hawaii starter Cade Smith with seven runs on five hits, including three doubles and Ogrin's home run, in the sixth for an 8-4 advantage.
After Hawaii tallied two runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Alex Baeza and Yamazaki, Cal Poly got the pair of runs back in the seventh on a run-scoring double by Bradlee Beeslee and a bases-loaded walk issued to Ogrin.
Those 10 runs proved to be just enough. Hawaii tallied two runs in the bottom of the ninth on RBI doubles by Eric Ramirez and Demeter, closing the gap to 10-9, but a comebacker with the potential game-tying run at second base ended the 3-hour, 36-minute game.
Freshman southpaw Andrew Alvarez (3-1), who pitched one inning in relief of starter Darren Nelson, earned the victory. Junior right-hander Austin Dondanville contributed 2 2/3 innings of work on the mound, allowing three runs and six hits, before freshman righty Taylor Dollard secured the final two outs for his second save.
The loss went to Kyle Hatton (2-2), the second of seven Hawaii pitchers used in the game. Hatton relieved Smith in the sixth inning and gave up the final four runs of the seven-run Mustang rally.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 4:05 p.m. PDT with junior right-hander Michael Clark (3-4, 6.94 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly. Hawaii's starter will be senior right-hander Brody Hagel-Pitt (0-0, 6.75 ERA).
Photo above of Scott Ogrin courtesy of Lauren Pluim