May 12, 2013 8:41 PM by Bill Halter
The 22nd ranked Cal Poly baseball team was outhit 16-5 and lost 11-1 at 23rd ranked UC Irvine. Anteaters junior Andrew Morales earned his 10th victory with 10 strikeouts in the first four innings while Mustang starter Bryan Granger gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Morales (10-0) finished with those 10 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits with one walk. The Anteaters improve to 31-16 overall and 13-8 for third place in the Big West. They win the series against the Mustangs, two games to one. Cal Poly dropped to 33-16, 12-9 in the conference for a fourth place tie with UCSB.
UC Irvine scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the third and four more in the fourth for an 11-0 lead. Cal Poly scored its lone run of the game in the eighth inning. Freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a groundout and scored on freshman second baseman John Schuknecht's RBI double to left-center field.
The Mustangs used six pitchers with junior right-hander Chase Johnson tossing three scoreless frames, allowing one hit.
With seven games to play Cal Poly is 32nd in Warren Nolan's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), 64 teams make the NCAA Tournament.
The Mustangs will play four games at home next week, hosting CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night and second place Cal State Northridge for a three-game Big West Conference series Friday through Sunday.
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