Apr 7, 2013 11:10 PM by Bill Halter

Mustangs hang on to win final game of series against Gauchos

Cal Poly jumped out to a 7-2 lead and held on for a 7-6 win over UCSB at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Sunday. The Mustangs avoided getting swept in the three game road series with the win. 17th ranked Cal Poly improves to 21-8 overall, 4-2 in the Big West (2nd place). The Gauchos drop to 16-14, 3-3.

Senior second baseman Denver Chavez went 5-for-5 for the Mustangs to raise is average to .407. The Santa Barbara native doubled twice, singled three times, scored twice and knocked in a run for his first five-hit game. Chavez has collected seven hits in each of Cal Poly's last three weekend series, going 7-for-13 this weekend.

After the first single by Chavez in the first inning, Brian Mundell lined out to right field for a sacrifice fly and a 1-0 Mustang lead. Cal Poly took advantage of a pair of Gaucho errors in the third inning for three unearned runs. Chavez and sophomore right fielder Nick Torres singled to drive in runs and Mundell tallied another on a grounder to third base. A sacrifice fly by freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen and a safety squeeze bunt for a single by junior catcher Chris Hoo netted two more Mustang runs in the fourth and a 6-0 cushion.

UCSB finally got to Cal Poly starter Bryan Granger with two runs in the seventh. Jimmy Allen knocked in a run for the Mustangs in the top of the eighth which ended up being the differences as the Gauchos scored twice more in the eighth and ninth innings. UCSB had the tying runner at second base with two outs before sophomore right-hander Reed Reilly closed it out by striking out leadoff hitter Cameron Newell.

Granger allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings with no walks and three strikeouts. It was his longest stint on the mound since the second weekend of the season. Reilly tossed the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Reilly had given up just four earned runs all season until Sunday.

The loss went to Robby Nesovic (0-1), who gave up six runs - just two of them earned - and five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Five other Gaucho pitchers were used in the game.

Chavez was the lone Mustang with multiple hits. Van Gansen added a double.

UC Santa Barbara's 11 hits included two each by Woody Woodward, Brandon Trinkwon and Dalton Kelly. The Gauchos produced double-digit hits in all three games of the series - 12 on Friday, 16 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.

With the win, Cal Poly avoided being swept in a series for the first time since 2011 and also prevented what would have been its first three-game losing streak of the season.The Mustangs play a single game Tuesday at CSU Bakersfield, starting at 6 p.m. The Roadrunners improved to 21-11 overall and 6-3 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 10-inning 6-5 win at Texas-Arlington on Sunday.

Cal Poly then starts a seven game homestand with a weekend series against Hawaii (7-21).



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