Mar 8, 2014 7:49 PM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly baseball team lost for just the third time this season. The 9th ranked Mustangs led Seattle University, 7-1 in the sixth inning and 13-11 in the seventh but lost the rain-drenched road game, 15-14.
After winning the first game of the series, 4-0 on Friday night, the Mustangs took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning on Saturday. Seattle scored ten runs on six hits, five walks and a hit batter in the frame to go ahead 11-7. Starting pitcher Slater Lee and three relievers pitched in the inning for Cal Poly. Mustang pitchers had not allowed a home run all year before allowing two in the sixth.
Cal Poly rallied for six runs in the seventh inning. Seattle closer Will Dennis, a sidearm lefty, hit the first three Cal Poly batters he faced with the bases loaded to push across three runs. Brian Mundell doubled to drive in two more and Nick Torres grounded into a force play at third base, knocking in a run.
Seattle answered with four runs in the seventh to take the lead for good at 15-13. Cal Poly closer Reed Reilly (0-1) allowed three of the runs, the first runs he's surrendered this season.
The Mustangs closed the gap to one on Chris Hoo's groundout in the eighth and had runners at first and second with out one in the ninth, but Jimmy Allen grounded into a force play at third and Zach Zehner grounded out to shortstop.
Zehner was 4-6 with an RBI while Mark Mathias was 3-4 with a walk and two RBI. Cal Poly outhit Seattle, 16-10.
The teams were set to play a doubleheader on Saturday but rain pushed the rubber match of the series to Sunday at noon. Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (2-0, 1.64 ERA) will start on the mound for Cal Poly against Seattle sophomore lefty Connor Moore (1-2, 3.26 ERA).
The Mustangs are now 10-3 while the Redhawks improve to 6-9.
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