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Apr 28, 2013 11:31 PM by Bill Halter

Mustangs doomed by grand slam

Long Beach State third baseman Juan Avila hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 lead. Cal Poly wasn't able to answer in its final two at bats and lost 9-5. The 18th ranked Mustangs drop the series two games to one and fall to 28-13 overall, 8-7 in the Big West. Long Beach State is 20-21 on the year and 9-6 in Big West games

Cal Poly scored three times in the third inning and held that lead until the sixth inning. Sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger had a no-hitter and shutout going until he walked the first batter and gave up a hit to the second in the sixth. Michael Holback relieved Granger at that point, giving up a two-run double and a two-run triple as the Dirtbags took a 4-3 lead.

Mustang sophomore right fielder Nick Torres singled to tie the game in the seventh and Elliot Stewart's grounder up the middle resulted in two Long Beach State errors and an unearned run for a 5-4 Cal Poly lead.

Long Beach State loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the bottom of the seventh before Avila hit Reid Reilly's first pitch over the wall in left field for a grand slam and an 8-5 Dirtbag advantage. Long Beach State added a run in the eighth. Reilly (2-3) took the loss after giving up four runs and five hits in one inning of work.

Both teams collected 10 hits. Denver Chavez led the Mustangs with three singles while sophomore center fielder Jordan Ellis and Torres both added two hits. Ellis stretched his hitting streak to nine games.

After the loss Cal Poly is ranked 35th in the Warren Nolan Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

The Mustangs play at Pepperdine on Wednesday before returning to Baggett Stadium to host three games with UC Riverside. The Highlanders are 7-8 in the Big West.

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