Apr 27, 2014 8:43 PM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly baseball team lost the rubber match of its three game series at Long Beach State, 1-0. It's the first series all season the Mustangs have lost as they drop to 36-7 overall and 12-3 in the Big West. Cal Poly is now in second place, UC Irvine (11-1) has a half game lead on them after sweeping a series against UC Davis.
Cal Poly was ranked first, second or third in the five major national polls but the Mustangs will likely drop in all five after going 2-2 on the week. They beat San Jose State, 12-5 at home on Tuesday.
Long Beach state scored an unearned run in the first inning while Nick Sabo and Ty Provencher limited the Mustangs to two hits. The Dirtbags improve to 20-21 and 7-5.
Not only did Cal Poly lose the game, the Mustangs also lost sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias and sophomore pitcher Casey Bloomquist to leg injuries in the fifth inning. The extent of their injuries is not known.
Mathias appeared to injure a leg while landing on first base after grounding into a double-play in the fifth. Bloomquist injured his leg during a pitch in the bottom of the fifth. He completed the inning before giving way to southpaw Taylor Chris.
Bloomquist (9-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite not allowing an earned run and lowering his ERA to 1.27. In five innings, he gave up one unearned run and seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Chris pitched three scoreless innings in relief.
Junior southpaw Nick Sabo (3-4) earned the win as he allowed just two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Provencher tossed 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings for his second save, striking out three.
Long Beach State scored the only run of the game in the first inning with two outs. Ino Patron reached base on an error, Richard Prigatano singled to move Patron to second base and Michael Hill singled to score Patron.
Cal Poly loaded the bases in the fifth and seventh but couldn't get a run across for just the second time this season.
Cal Poly's only two hits in the game were singles by shortstop Peter Van Gansen and catcher Chris Hoo, both in the fifth inning.
The Mustangs continue their challenging seven-game road trip Tuesday with a game at Pepperdine (30-9).
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