SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Freshman right-hander Drew Thorpe struck out 13, two shy of Cal Poly’s Division I record, and first baseman Tate Samuelson singled three times, driving in two runs, as Cal Poly blanked Brigham Young 10-0 in the first game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.
BYU won the nightcap in 14 innings, 5-4, scoring a run in the ninth to tie the game and a run in the 14th to win it.
Cal Poly is 3-5 for the year after the split while BYU is 5-3.
In the opener, Myles Emmerson, Bradlee Beesley, Nick Marinconz, Nick DiCarlo and Cole Cabrera each added two hits as Cal Poly produced a season-high 16-hit offensive attack.
Cal Poly scored a run in the fourth and broke the game open with three in the sixth, one on Cole Cabrera’s home run in the seventh and five in the eighth.
Thorpe (1-0) pitched eight scoreless innings, throwing 112 pitches, scattering four hits with one walk. Kyle Scott retired BYU in order in the ninth with one strikeout.
The loss went to BYU starter Easton Walker (0-1) as he allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Samuelson’s single up the middle in the fourth inning scored the first run of the game. Cal Poly’s three-run sixth was highlighted by Samuelson’s second RBI single and a two-run single by Nick Marinconz.
Cabrera’s first career collegiate home run came in the seventh, a shot to left-center field. Cal Poly sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth, Nick DiCarlo’s two-run single and RBI singles by Kyle Ashworth, Cabrera and Taison Corio accounting for the five runs.
The nightcap was the longest by innings in Baggett Stadium history and was 18 minutes shy of the mark for longest game by time, lasting 4 hours, 52 minutes.
BYU produced leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1 before Cal Poly scored three times in the seventh for a 4-3 lead. Cabrera’s single off the pitcher’s rubber tallied the first run and the ensuing overthrow allowed the second run to cross the plate. Emmerson singled into right field to give Cal Poly the lead.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Cutter Clawson doubled off the glove of a diving Beesley in deep center field to score the tying run.
Cal Poly had ample opportunities to win the game in the next five innings, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth and 11th frames and two more runners on the basepaths in the 12th.
In the BYU 14th, Peyton Cole drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a groundout and Danny Gelalich, a .105 hitter, doubled down the right-field line to score Cole.
BYU won despite being outhit 13-7 and committing four errors.
The loss spoiled Emmerson’s third career four-hit game as he went 4-for-7 with four singles, all in his last four at-bats. Beesley, Elijah Greene and Connor Gurnik each added two hits for the Mustangs.
Tyson Heaton (1-0), who gave up two runs and three hits in one-third of an inning in the opener, tossed two scoreless frames of one-hit baseball in the nightcap for the win.
The loss went to Mustang sophomore right-hander Bryan Woo (0-1), though he gave up just one run and two hits over five innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Jameson, another sophomore righty, tossed four innings with four strikeouts, allowing just one run and two hits.
Cal Poly visits Fresno State on Tuesday night before hosting No. 1-ranked and last year’s national runner-up, Michigan, for a three-game series Friday through Sunday. It will be the second of five consecutive weekend series at home for the Mustangs.