BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Right-handers Bryan Woo, Dylan Villalobos and Michael Clark along with southpaw Andrew Alvarez combined on a three-hitter and 13 strikeouts as Cal Poly entered the win column for the first time in 2019 with a 7-1 victory over Central California and future Big West Conference rival CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs (1-3) scored three runs in the third inning, added a single run in the fourth and broke the game open with three markers in the eighth frame before turning things over to the pitching staff the rest of the way in the non-conference baseball game at Hardt Field.
The host Roadrunners were retired in order five times in the first seven innings. While two Cal Poly pitchers combined for a baker's dozen strikeouts, six CSU Bakersfield pitchers issued 13 walks.
In four-plus innings, Woo (pictured above) struck out seven and walked just one, retiring the first nine CSU Bakersfield batters of the game in his first collegiate start. The Alameda High School graduate scattered three singles.
Villalobos (1-1) earned the victory, pitching 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and allowing no hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Clark secured three outs and lefty Alvarez induced a comebacker to end the game.
In the Mustang third, Connor Gurnik drew a leadoff walk, stole second and came home on an RBI single by Elijah Greene. CSU Bakersfield pitcher Kevin Altamirano threw two wild pitches with Mustang runners at third base to make it 3-0.
Cal Poly loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Greene singled to knock in one and Beesley contributed a two-run single to make it 7-0.
CSU Bakersfield averted a shutout in the last of the ninth with an unearned run on two walks, an error and a wild pitch.
Cal Poly's seven hits included two singles each by Greene and Beesley. Beesley is off to a 9-for-16 (.563) start this season with six RBI in four games.
CSU Bakersfield mustered just three singles by three different players.
Cal Poly opens its 30-game home schedule Friday night with the first of three games against the California Golden Bears. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Photo above of Bryan Woo courtesy of Kaylaa Kawasaki | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager