Posted: Feb 22, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Junior center fielder Bradlee Beesley produced his second four-hit game of the season and sixth of his Mustang career while four Cal Poly pitchers combined to strike out 17 California batters Friday night.
The visiting Bears, however, took advantage of three Mustang miscues for four unearned runs on their way to a 10-2 victory in the opening game of a three-game non-conference baseball series inside Baggett Stadium.
Cal improved to 2-3 while Cal Poly fell to 1-4.
Beesley (pictured below) singled four times to raise his batting average to .650 as he has gone 13-for-20 in five games this season.
Fifth-year senior right-hander Jarred Zill struck out 13 Bears over five innings, but was the victim of the three Cal Poly errors. Zill (0-2) allowed just two earned runs and five hits but was tagged with the loss His 13 strikeouts are the most by a Cal Poly pitcher since Matt Imhof twice struck out 14 batters in a pair of 2014 contests.
Freshman Chase Watkins turned in two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
The win went to Sam Stoutenborough (1-1), who threw six scoreless innings in relief and scattered four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Starter Arman Sabouri went just 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits.
Cal scored twice in five of the nine innings for its 10-run outburst.
First baseman Andrew Vaughn, the reigning Golden Spikes Award winner, smashed a two-run home run, his third of the year, to snap a 2-2 tie in the third inning and the Bears were off and running.
Vaughn finished with two hits and sports a .467 average for the season. Center fielder Brandon McIlwain added a single, double and triple, driving in one run, while designated hitter Grant Holman contributed two singles and a pair of RBI.
Cal Poly has committed 12 errors in five games this season.
After giving up two unearned runs in the top of the second inning, the Mustangs quickly answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Elijah Greene's grounder to second base with the bases loaded cashed in the first run and Beesley singled to center field to tie the game at 2-2.
That set the stage for Holman's tie-breaking home run to left field. Vaughn hit 23 home runs and drove in 63 runs, hitting .402 a year ago en route to Pac-12 Player of the Year and numerous national honors.
Second game of the series is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. with junior right-hander Bobby Ay of Cal Poly to face Cal freshman southpaw Lucas Gather.
The series finale will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock.
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