SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — CSUN scored 12 runs from the second through fifth innings and coasted to a 12-3 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon, salvaging one win in the three-game Big West Conference baseball series inside Baggett Stadium.
Shortstop Fred Smith and second baseman Alvaro Rubalcaba each had three hits and combined for five RBI as the Matadors improved to 25-27 overall and 11-10 in Big West games.
Cal Poly fell into third place in the Big West at 11-7 and is 23-27 for the season. Second-place Cal State Fullerton is 12-6 in the conference following its 12-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Long Beach State (13-3), which played out of conference this weekend, is three games ahead of the Titans and four in front of the Mustangs with six games remaining for each team.
Matador senior right-hander Samuel Myers (5-6), the losing pitcher Friday night as Cal Poly scored a walk-off 6-5 victory, went seven innings Sunday for the win, allowing two runs and five hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
The loss went to Mustang sophomore right-hander Bobby Ay (1-6) as he surrendered five runs (three earned) and five hits over 2 1/3 innings. The Mustangs used four relievers out of the bullpen.
Cal Poly's seven hits included a pair of doubles by junior designated hitter Elijah Skipps (pictured above). He knocked in a run with his first double in the fourth inning. Shortstop Kyle Marinconz (pictured at right) added two singles and center fielder Alex McKenna tripled in the ninth inning.
A sacrifice fly by Nick Meyer accounted for Cal Poly's other run in the fourth as the Mustangs closed the gap to 7-2, but CSUN broke the game wide open with five runs in the fifth.
Cal Poly's final run came in the eighth inning on Meyer's RBI single to right field. It was Meyer's sixth multiple-RBI game of the season.
CSUN compiled 16 hits with six Matadors collecting multiple hits. William Colantono, Nolan Bumstead, Albee Weiss and Elias Orona all had two hits, Bumstead extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Smith knocked in three runs while Rubalcaba and Orona each had two RBI.
Cal Poly hit .276 for the series, led by Skipps who went 4-for-9 with two RBI, Meyer who was 4-for-10 with three RBI and McKenna at 4-for-11 with two RBI.
The Mustangs earned their fifth Big West series win in six tries with 6-5 and 5-2 victories Friday and Saturday.
Cal Poly plays its final three road games of the 2017 season next weekend at UC Santa Barbara and wraps up the campaign with a three-game home series against UC Riverside on May 25-27.
Photos courtesy of Cal Poly Baseball Team Student Manager Jack Duffy