SEATTLE, Wash. – Held to three singles and a walk, the Cal Poly baseball team was shut out for the first time this season as Washington earned its sixth straight win, a 5-0 decision Sunday afternoon inside Husky Ballpark.
It was a 1-0 game until the Huskies (7-2) broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
In falling to 2-9 for the season, Cal Poly is still winless in weekend games, defeating only CSU Bakersfield in a pair of midweek contests. The Mustangs have been swept by Oklahoma, Cal and Washington to open the year.
Cal Poly had baserunners in just three of the nine innings Sunday.
Cole Cabrera led off the fourth with a single and Tate Samuelson was intentionally walked but both were stranded. Connor Gurnik singled with one out in the fifth and Dylan Doherty singled with two outs in the eighth, but both were stranded as well.
Sophomore right-hander Josh Burgmann (2-0) tossed eight scoreless innings for the win, striking out 10 Mustangs. Stevie Emmanuel retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.
The loss went to Mustang sophomore righty Darren Nelson (0-2), though he pitched well enough to win once again. Nelson (pictured above) allowed one run and three hits over 5 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and his ERA is now at 1.06.
Mustang relievers worked out of jams in the sixth and seventh frames before Washington broke the game open in the eighth on an RBI single by Ben Baird, a run-scoring double by Nick Roberts and an RBI triple by Braiden Ward, all with two outs. Another run was the result of a wild pickoff throw at second base.
Ward had two of Washington's six hits.
Cal Poly has no midweek game next week, returning home to host Columbia of the Ivy League for a four-game series next Friday through Sunday inside Baggett Stadium. First pitches are set for 6 p.m. Friday, a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a noon start Sunday.
Photo above of Darren Nelson courtesy of Kaylaa Kawasaki | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager