SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior right-hander Joey Wagman scattered two hits over eight innings while junior center fielder Mitch Haniger produced two hits and knocked in the go-ahead run as Cal Poly opened its 2012 baseball season with a 6-0 victory over Oklahoma State on Friday night before 1,408 in Baggett Stadium.
Wagman (1-0) struck out five, did not walk a batter and was pitching a no-hitter until third baseman Mark Ginther singled through the right side of the Mustang infield with two outs in the seventh inning.
Wagman (pictured at right) also gave up a two-out double to shortstop Hunter Bailey in the eighth inning and finished with 101 pitches. Sophomore right-hander Chase Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out all three Cowboys on 11 pitches.
With one out and runners at second and third, Haniger singled to left field to score the first run of the game in the third inning. Evan Busby scored from third base on a passed ball for a 2-0 Cal Poly lead.
Cal Poly added four insurance runs in the eighth frame.
With Mustang runners at second and third and one out, Oklahoma State head coach Frank Anderson elected to walk catcher Chris Hoo intentionally and pitch to Jimmy Allen, who had struck out in his three previous at-bats. The sophomore third baseman foiled the strategy with a two-run single to left-center field.
Freshman first baseman Ryan Drobny followed with a two-run double into the right-field corner, giving Cal Poly a 6-0 cushion.
The Mustangs' eight-hit attack was paced by Haniger and freshman right fielder Nick Torres, each with a pair of hits.
Oklahoma State had just one runner reach second base – Bailey with his two-out double – and stranded three runners on the basepaths. Wagman at one time retired 14 consecutive Cowboy batters before giving up the single to Ginther in the seventh.
Losing pitcher Andrew Heaney, who beat Cal Poly 1-0 last season, allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits in seven innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts.
The win snapped a five-year season-opening losing streak for Mustang head coach Larry Lee. Lee guided Cal Poly to wins in his first four season openers from 2003-06 before the Mustangs fell to San Diego in 2007, Alabama in 2008, Rice in 2009, USC in 2010 and North Carolina in 2011.
Cal Poly beat Oklahoma State for the first time in five meetings.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday night at 6 with freshman southpaw Matt Imhof on the mound for Cal Poly against Oklahoma State senior left-hander Kyle Ottoson, a transfer from Arizona State.