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Cal Poly Avenges April Loss to Pepperdine With 15-6 Victory

Cal Poly Avenges April Loss to Pepperdine With 15-6 Victory

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior catcher Nick Meyer produced Cal Poly's first five-hit game in five years and sophomore right-hander Connor Redmond earned his first victory of the season as the Mustangs defeated Pepperdine 15-6 on Tuesday night inside Baggett Stadium.
 
Meyer (pictured above, left) went 5-for-6, all singles, with one RBI and two runs scored, becoming the first Mustang since April 7, 2013, to collect five hits in a game. Denver Chavez accomplished the feat five years ago against UC Santa Barbara with three singles and a pair of doubles.
 
In his first start of the year, Redmond (1-2) (pictured at left below) allowed one run and three hits over five innings with four walks and four strikeouts, lowering his ERA from 8.10 to 6.00.
 
With the win, avenging an 11-9 loss to the Waves on April 17, Cal Poly improves to 24-27 on the year. Pepperdine, in first place by two games in the West Coast Conference, fell to 28-20.
 
Cal Poly scored 13 times in the first four innings and coasted to the victory.
 
Meyer singled to drive in a run in the first inning and it was 3-0 after Kyle Marinconz doubled down the right-field line and Pepperdine committed a throwing error in the second frame.
 
Alex McKenna, 0-for-7 with the bases loaded entering Tuesday's game, tripled to the gap in right-center field to score all three baserunners in the third frame, giving Cal Poly a 6-0 lead.
 
The Mustangs broke the game open with a seven-run fourth-inning uprising. McKenna drew a bases-loaded walk for his fourth RBI of the game and the rally also was highlighted by a pair of RBI doubles by Elijah Skipps and another throwing error by Pepperdine that allowed three unearned runs to score.
 
Cal Poly added its final two runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.
 
Cal Poly's season-high 19 hits included five by Meyer, two doubles and a single by Skipps, three singles by Scott Ogrin and two hits each by McKenna and Tate Samuelson. Meyer extended his hitting streak to 13 games while McKenna has an 11-game hitting streak.
 
Pepperdine was limited to seven hits by five Mustang pitchers. Second baseman Aharon Modlin singled twice, driving in three runs. Third baseman Billy Cook added a triple and left fielder Duncan McKinnon doubled.
 
Pepperdine starter Benjamin Slattery (1-1) was charged with the loss, giving up six runs and nine hits over 2 2/3 innings.
 
Cal Poly concludes an eight-game home stand with its final three home games of the 2018 season this weekend, hosting Blue-Green rival UC Santa Barbara. Friday's game starts at 6 p.m., followed by 1 o'clock contests Saturday and Sunday.