Posted: Mar 23, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior right-hander Bobby Ay equalled his career high with six strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings, also matching his career high for longest stint on the mound, as Cal Poly defeated Saint Mary's 6-2 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon inside Baggett Stadium.
The visiting Gaels claimed the nightcap, 7-1, behind the combined six-hit pitching of Carlos Lomeli and Jonathan Buckley.
Cal Poly has won seven of its last 10 games after a 2-9 start and is 9-12 for the year while Saint Mary's sports a 14-9 mark, snapping a three-game losing streak with the victory in the nightcap.
Ay (pictured above) did not allow a walk, scattered six hits and allowed two runs, one earned, and dropped his ERA to 3.07 while improving his record for the season to 2-0. Michael Clark secured the final five outs for his third save.
Ken Waldichuk (2-2) suffered the loss, though he also struck out six. Waldichuk allowed three runs and six hits with a pair of walks over six frames.
Cal Poly overcame a 1-0 deficit with a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Myles Emmerson and took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Connor Gurnik and a run-scoring double by Nick DiCarlo.
Cal Poly added an insurance run in the seventh on Elijah Greene's RBI single and two more in the eighth on Emmerson's run-scoring single and a wild pitch.
Greene, Gurnik, DiCarlo and Conagher Sands each had two of Cal Poly's 10 hits. Emmerson knocked in two runs.
Joe Vranesh and Kevin Milan collected two hits each for Saint Mary's.
In the nightcap, Lomeli (4-1) gave up one run and five hits over eight innings with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Buckley tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
The loss went to Mustang freshman Bryan Woo (1-1) as he allowed three runs and four hits over one-plus innings, Andrew Alvarez, the fourth Mustang pitcher of the game, tossed four scoreless frames with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.
Saint Mary's jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings before Cal Poly got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Cole Cabrera led off with a double down the left-field line and eventually scored on Bradlee Beesley's groundout.
Cal Poly stranded two runners on base in the fourth but had few other scoring opportunities, never having more than one runner on base in any of the other eight innings.
Saint Mary's outhit Cal Poly 10-6, led by Jack Murphy with a single, double and three RBI. Austin Chauvin and Eddie Haus each added two hits.
Tate Samuelson and Noah Taylor both singled twice for Cal Poly. Samuelson has six hits in the first three games of the series, lifting his average 39 points to .329.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Darren Nelson (1-3, 2.45 ERA) to face Saint Mary's freshman right-hander Tyler Thornton (3-0, 2.95 ERA).