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February 25, 2012

Cal Poly Completes Doubleheader Sweep Against LMU, 6-2

PERFECT GAME NAMES CAL POLY TEAM OF THE DAY

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson and freshman left-hander Matt Imhof both pitched six strong innings and junior center fielder Mitch Haniger had five hits and five RBI as Cal Poly swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader by scores of 12-5 and 6-2 against Loyola Marymount on Saturday at George C. Page Stadium.

Anderson (2-0) struck out five, walked one and scattered five hits, giving up just one earned run, in the opener. Anderson threw 76 pitches. Taylor Chris secured three outs and Michael Holback tossed two scoreless frames for the Mustangs.

Senior catcher Jordan Hadlock drilled a three-run double over the right fielder's head in the third inning to snap a 2-2 tie and give Cal Poly the lead for good. The Mustangs added three runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth.

Haniger, who entered the opener with a .188 batting average, contributed two doubles and one of the longest singles in college baseball, a bases-loaded shot off the top of the Blue Monster in left field, scoring one run. He lifted his average to .300.

Six Mustangs had multiple hits, including freshman right fielder Nick Torres with three singles and four RBI. Mike Miller also had three hits to lift his average 47 points while David Armendariz, Jimmy Allen and Hadlock each had two hits – Armendariz knocking in two runs.

Cal Poly scored a season-high 12 runs on a season-high 16 hits. Loyola Marymount mustered five runs on nine hits.

In the nightcap, Haniger snapped a 1-1 tie with a 375-foot three-run home run off a eucalyptus tree in left-center field in the fifth inning and the Mustangs added single runs in the seventh and eighth frames for the win, clinching the doubleheader sweep as well as the four-game series.

Cal Poly, which won Friday's series opener, 9-1, is now 6-1 on the year. The 2009 team started the year 8-1.

Miller, Haniger, Allen and junior second baseman Evan Busby each collected two hits in the nightcap as Cal Poly outhit the Lions 11-4. Sophomore Chris Hoo added a double.

Imhof (1-0) allowed just two runs and three hits in six innings for his first collegiate win. He did not walk a batter and struck out one. Nick Grim gave up one hit in two scoreless frames and Chase Johnson struck out two in the ninth.

Johnson has struck out nine batters among the 12 outs he has recorded on the mound so far this season.

The Mustangs did not commit an error in either game of the twinbill.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m., with junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against Loyola Marymount senior southpaw John Lally (1-0, 1.80 ERA).