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Grand Canyon Completes Sweep of Series at Cal Poly With 9-3 Victory

Grand Canyon Completes Sweep of Series at Cal Poly With 9-3 Victory

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Grand Canyon scored four unearned runs in the third inning to break up a scoreless pitchers' duel and went on to complete a three-game baseball series sweep against Cal Poly with a 9-3 victory Sunday afternoon in Baggett Stadium.

A dropped throw at first base with two outs opened the gates for the visiting Antelopes. Shortstop Paul Panaccione and second baseman Chad De La Guerra followed with RBI singles and right fielder Garrison Schwartz capped the rally with a two-run triple.

Grand Canyon added five more runs in the seventh, sending 10 batters to the plate who combined for seven hits. First baseman Rouric Bridgewater completed the uprising with a two-run single.

Cal Poly scored single runs in the last three innings, far too little and too late, as Grand Canyon outhit the Mustangs for the first time in the series, 14-5.

Grand Canyon improved to 7-0 with the victory while Cal Poly, outhit for the first time this season, fell to 1-6, its worst start since losing the first six games of the 2011 campaign.

Sophomore right-hander Justin Calomeni (0-2) (pictured above) did not allow an earned run in six innings of work on the mound, scattering five hits with three walks and five strikeouts, but suffered the loss.

The victory went to Grand Canyon right-hander Cameron Brendel (2-0) as he allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits in eight innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

Freshman catcher Austin Kron drove in two of Cal Poly's three runs. He doubled to left-center field for an RBI in the seventh and grounded out to second base in the ninth for the final Mustang run of the game.

Sophomore second baseman Alec Smith doubled to knock in Cal Poly's run in the eighth frame.

Junior shortstop Peter Van Gansen singled twice from the leadoff spot in the Mustang batting order and is hitting .400 on the year, opening the season with a seven-game hitting streak.

Schwartz added two singles to his triple for Grand Canyon while Panaccione, De La Guerra and third baseman Ben Mauseth each had two hits.

Cal Poly hosts Bakersfield (3-4) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. inside Baggett Stadium, with freshman right-hander Andrew Bernstein on the mound for the Mustangs. Bakersfield won three of four games against Northern Kentucky over the weekend at home, including an 11-5 victory Sunday.