SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sophomore second baseman Scott Ogrin snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning and senior southpaw Kyle Smith earned his first win of 2018 and the 14th of his Mustang career as Cal Poly rallied to defeat San Jose State 5-3 Wednesday night inside Baggett Stadium.
The Mustangs erased a 3-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth inning and took the lead with two in the seventh, improving to 22-25 for the year. San Jose State, a 7-4 winner over Cal Poly in late February, fell to 21-25.
Junior catcher Nick Meyer and freshman third baseman Tate Samuelson each produced three-hit games — the fifth for Samuelson this season and the fourth for Meyer — as Cal Poly outhit San Jose State 13-7.
Junior center fielder Alex McKenna, junior shortstop Kyle Marinconz and Ogrin each added a pair of hits. Both of Marinconz's hits were RBI doubles and he has seven two-baggers in Cal Poly's last 10 games.
San Jose State shortstop Aaron Pleschner singled twice and third baseman Santiago Cantu added a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first of the year.
Cantu's blast gave the Spartans a 3-1 advantage.
All five of Cal Poly's runs came home with two outs.
In the third, McKenna singled with two outs and scored on the first Marinconz double, this one to left-center field.
Two innings later, McKenna again sparked the rally with a two-out hit, doubling down the left-field line. Marinconz (pictured at left) also doubled down the left-field line to score McKenna and came home on a single up the middle by Samuelson, tying the game at 3-3.
After Smith came in with two San Jose State runners on base and one out in the seventh and secured the final two outs to quell the rally, Cal Poly broke the tie in the bottom of the seventh.
Singles by Samuelson and Meyer plus a walk loaded the bases for Ogrin, who drove the first pitch from Josh Goldberg through the left side of the Spartan infield with two outs to drive home two runs and give Cal Poly a 5-3 lead.
Smith (1-2) retired the Spartans in order in both the eighth and ninth frames for the victory. He retired all eight batters he faced, three via strikeout.
The loss went to Goldberg (2-6) as he allowed the go-ahead runs in the seventh.
Cal Poly returns to Big West Conference play Friday through Sunday, hosting UC Irvine for a three-game series inside Baggett Stadium. The Mustangs and Anteaters share second place in the Big West with 8-7 marks.
Photos courtesy of Michael Glasgow