The Cal Poly baseball team put up a good fight against conference-leading Hawaii. However, the Warriors (17-15, 6-1 Big West) took charge in the end to win 6-3.
After the Mustangs (19-13, 2-2) tied the game at 3 in the seventh inning, the Warriors had a big two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three runs to eventually top Cal Poly.
An unending stream of errors took part in the game’s results. Two of Hawaii’s six runs were scored off of an error, and now Cal Poly has committed more than 50 errors through 32 games this season.
Cal Poly pitchers sophomore Kyle Smith (4-3) and junior Justin Calomeni were responsible for all four earned runs.
Despite a struggling defense, the Mustangs’ offense did show improvement. After having a hitting dry spell last week, freshman center fielder Alex McKenna returned to form as the Mustangs’ best offensive player, scoring two out of the three runs for Cal Poly. McKenna’s batting average is now at .277 on the season.
Freshman shortstop Kyle Marinconz scored the Mustangs’ third and final run of the game in the seventh inning.
The Mustangs will play in Hawaii again at 9:35 p.m. on Saturday.