SAN LUIS OBSIPO, Calif. — Senior right fielder Ryan Hooper finished 3-for-4 with one double and a pair of singles while junior Ryan Anderson notched his second homer of the season, but a grand slam in the fifth by Cal Poly shut the door on UC Davis as the Mustangs clinched the series with a 7-4 victory on Saturday evening at Baggett Stadium.
The Aggies fell to 9-20 overall and 2-6 in Big West, while the Mustangs improved to 16-17 on the season with a 3-5 league record.
Freshman Jared Sasaki (2-4) suffered the loss for the Aggies after allowing six runs on 12 hits and striking out two over five innings. After taking the mound in the sixth, fellow freshman Brett Erwin provided UC Davis with 2.1 inning of scoreless relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two in the process.
Trent Shelton allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out six over five innings on the mound en route to his second win of the season for the Mustangs, while Cam Schneider earned his third save of the season after allowing just one hit while striking out five over four innings of work.
Cal Poly was first to get on the board on Saturday night, after stringing together a pair of singles and a triple to claim a 2-0 lead over the Aggies.
UC Davis halved the Mustangs’ lead in the fourth, as a single from Ryan Anderson was quickly cashed in by teammate Ryan Hooper. The senior roped one out to left center field for a double, allowing UC Davis to keep the Mustangs within striking distance.
Anderson is now 4-for-8 on the series with three runs and a pair of RBI, after posting a 2-for-4 finish with two runs and one RBI on Saturday evening, extending his hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
But the fifth would see seven batters to the plate for Cal Poly as part of a four-run inning, including a grand slam off the bat of Elijah Skipps, who paced the Mustangs with a perfect 3-for-3 finish at the plate along with two runs and four RBI, helping Cal Poly to a 6-1 advantage.
But the Aggies continued to battle, getting back to within two of the Mustangs after a three-run rally in the sixth that began with a lead-off homer to left field from Anderson. Anderson's second round-tripper of the season was followed by a single from Hooper, an RBI double from Caleb Van Blake, and an RBI groundout by Cameron Briggs to complete a three-run, three-hit inning by UC Davis.
The Mustangs tacked on another in the sixth on RBI double by Nick Meyer, who finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs.
But the fans at Baggett Stadium would see no other scores from either squad, as Schneider retired 12 of the Aggies’ last 15 batters of the game after entering in relief in the sixth.
The series finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Apr. 15) at Baggett Stadium.
Following tomorrow’s Big West finale, UC Davis returns home to take on Causeway Cup rival, Sacramento State, on Tuesday (Apr. 17) at 2:30 p.m.
Cal Poly 7, UC Davis 4 (04/14/18 at San Luis Obispo, CA)
UC Davis............ 000 103 000 - 4 9 0 (9-20, 2-6 Big West)
Cal Poly............ 020 041 00X - 7 14 0 (16-17, 3-5 Big West)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Sasaki, Jared; Lara, Andres(6); Erwin, Brett(6) and Denholm, Logan.
Cal Poly - Shelton, Trent; Schneider, Cam(6) and Meyer, Nick.
Win-Shelton, Trent(2-2) Save-Schneider, Cam(3) Loss-Sasaki, Jared(2-4) T-2:31 A-1437
HR UCD - Anderson, Ryan (2).
HR CP - Skipps, Elijah (1).
Weather: Sunny, mild, 69 deg., 10-15 NW
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