BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – With four runs in the fifth inning and five in the seventh, Cal Poly overcame an 8-0 deficit for an 11-8 victory over CSU Bakersfield in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
It was the largest comeback in Cal Poly's 24-year Division I history, surpassing the Mustangs' rally from a 9-2 deficit for an 11-10 win over Temple in 2000. Cal Poly also came back from an 8-1 deficit to beat Washington 9-8 in 1995.
With the win, Cal Poly completes a two-game midweek sweep against the Roadrunners – the Mustangs earned a 6-0 shutout last week in Baggett Stadium – snaps a three-game losing streak and improves to 14-17 for the season.
CSU Bakersfield fell to 10-21.
Sophomore second baseman Scott Ogrin (pictured above) belted a three-run home run to give Cal Poly the lead for the first time at 9-8 in the seventh inning and Cal Poly added another run in the seventh on Cole Cabrera's RBI single and one in the eighth on a solo home run by sophomore designated hitter John Mackay.
Junior right-hander Austin Dondanville (1-0) (pictured at right) pitched six scoreless innings in relief for his first win, dropping his ERA from 5.25 to 3.50. Throwing just 49 pitches, the De La Salle High School graduate allowed one hit and no walks while striking out five.
The loss went to southpaw Kyle King (1-3), who allowed all five runs in the seventh inning and seven hits over 1 2/3 innings with two walks and four strirkeouts. He was the third of five Roadrunner pitchers used in the contest.
Cal Poly's 15-hit offensive attack was led by junior shortstop Kyle Marinconz with four singles, his first four-hit game of the season and the third of his Mustang career. He bumped his average up to .303.
Center fielder Mark Pena singled twice for CSU Bakersfield.
Cal Poly won despite committing three errors.
Cal Poly plays 18 of its next 23 games inside Baggett Stadium, beginning Friday night with the first of three Big West Conference games against UC Davis.