SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After earning a pair of walk-off victories to open the series, Cal Poly produced season highs in runs scored and hits in a 13-6 triumph over Columbia on Saturday night inside Baggett Stadium.
Tate Samuelson beat the throw to the plate on a grounder to second base as Cal Poly earned its second consecutive walk-off win Saturday afternoon, a 2-1 decision in Saturday's opener.
Samuelson's infield single led off the 12th inning and Blake Wagenseller reached base on a throwing error, putting runners at first and third with one out. Nick DiCarlo grounded to second base and the throw to the plate was too late to get Samuelson, ending the game.
Cal Poly (5-9) also won Friday's game in walk-off fashion, 3-2, on Cole Cabrera's single into the left-field corner.
Columbia (0-7) scored a run in the fifth on AJ DiFillipo's RBI double and Cal Poly answered in the sixth when Myles Emmerson drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Mustangs wasted an opportunity to win the opener in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Noah Taylor doubled to left field and took third on Connor Gurnik's sacrifice bunt, but Elijah Greene fouled out and Samuelson grounded out to end the threat.
Cal Poly stranded a dozen runners on the basepaths, leaving the sacks loaded in the second and sixth innings.
Samuelson and Elijah Greene both singled twice for Cal Poly. Matt Cerfolio and Liam McGill each produced two hits for Columbia.
Mustang starter Bobby Ay tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a no-decision.
In the nightcap, Nick DiCarlo and and Willie Cano each knocked in three runs, Cano and Greene produced three hits apiece and Cal Poly jumped to a 13-3 lead after five innings and coasted to its third straight victory in the series.
Freshman right-hander Bryan Woo (1-0) allowed two earned runs and five hits over five innings for his first collegiate victory. Junior southpaw Thomas Triantos tossed four innings in relief for his first save, striking out five.
Gurnik, Samuelson and DiCarlo all had two hits as Cal Poly put together a 17-hit offensive attack.
Columbia's seven hits included a single and double by Liam McGill. Sean Higgins (0-2) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
The nightcap was delayed 50 minutes by rain in the middle of the second inning.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at noon with sophomore right-hander Darren Nelson on the mound for Cal Poly.
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