Mar 27, 2013 12:31 AM by Andrew Masuda

Rally falls short, Cal Poly drops 8-6 game to Pepperdine

Cal Poly baseball could not get a clutch hit with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Mustangs lost 8-6 to Pepperdine in a non-conference game on Tuesday night at Baggett Stadium.

Freshman slugger Brian Mundell struck out and David Armendariz flew out to right field on a full count to end the game leaving the bases loaded. The 21st ranked Mustangs finished the preseason 17-6, while Pepperdine, the defending West Coast Conference co-champion, won its sixth in a row to improve to 14-9.

The Mustangs overcame a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie it 6-6. After Nick Torres was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, Armendariz tripled down the right field line to score Torres to make it a 6-5 game. John Schuknecht singled up the middle to plate Armendariz and tie the game 6-6.

However, Pepperdine loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth against Michael Holback. Hutton Moyer to hit a slow roller between the plate and the mound. Holback tried to flip the ball to get the force out at the plate, but the toss was wild and allowed two runs to score as Pepperdine regained the lead 8-6. Reed Reilly replaced Holback and struck out the next two hitters to limit the damage.

Schuknecht and catcher Elliot Stewart each had two hits, including solo home runs. Stewart's long bacll in the bottom of the third tied it at 3-3, while Schuknecht, a freshman, went deep to give Cal Poly a 4-3 lead in the fourth.

After starter Kyle Brueggemann struggled for Cal Poly, Casey Bloomquist threw three shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. The Waves got to Bloomquist though in the sixth with three runs to retake the lead 6-4. Pepperdine also led 2-0 and 3-2 earlier in the game.

The Waves collected 13 hits to the Mustangs 9 hits. Austin Davidson led the Waves with 3 hits and 2 runs scored.

The Mustangs open Big West play at home on Thursday when UC Davis comes to town for a three game series. First pitch is at 6 pm.



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