SEATTLE, Wash. – For the second straight day, the Cal Poly baseball team couldn't hold onto a lead.
Cal Poly led 3-2 through five innings Friday before Washington erupted for six runs in the sixth en route to a 9-3 victory.
On Saturday, the Mustangs led 6-4 after scoring five times in the fourth inning, but couldn't sustain the momentum as the Huskies scored seven times in the final five frames for an 11-7 triumph.
With the loss, Cal Poly remains winless in weekend games at 0-8 and is 2-8 for the year. Washington improves to 6-2.
Nick DiCarlo's RBI single gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Bradlee Beesley's three-run double in the fourth highlighted the five-run rally which also included a run-scoring double by Myles Emmerson as Cal Poly overcame a 4-1 deficit and led 6-4.
The top four hitters in the Washington batting order sparked the Huskies' comeback as Braiden Ward, Nick Kahle, Ramon Bramasco and Joe Wainhouse combined to go 9-for-15 with three doubles and a home run for seven RBI.
The Mustang bullpen has been unable to hold leads almost all season. A total of 27 of the 50 runs scored by the opposition have been tallied in the final four innings.
Michael Clark, who posted a 5-0 record with 11 saves in a banner sophomore season two years ago, fell to 0-1 this spring as he gave up the pair of tiebreaking runs in the fifth inning. Each of the four pitchers Cal Poly used Saturday surrendered at least two earned runs.
The win went to Washington starter Jordan Jones (1-1) despite giving up six runs and eight hits over five innings. Only two of the runs he gave up were earned as the Huskies committed three errors.
Washington accumulated 12 hits, three each by Kahle and Bramasco. Wainhouse, who had 19 home runs and 16 RBI a year ago, added his fourth home run of the year Saturday, a two—run shot in the eighth inning.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1:05 p.m. with sophomore right-hander Darren Nelson on the mound for Cal Poly, facing Washington sophomore righty Josh Burgmann (1-0, 1.50 ERA).
Photo above of Connor Gurnik scoring in the fourth inning courtesy of Kaylaa Kawasaki | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager