LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson pitched six strong innings while Jordan Hadlock and Mitch Haniger provided the key hits as Cal Poly defeated Loyola Marymount 12-5 in the opener of a Saturday doubleheader at George C. Page Stadium.
Anderson (2-0) struck out five, walked one and scattered five hits, giving up just one earned run, as Cal Poly improved to 5-1. Anderson threw 76 pitches. Taylor Chris secured three outs and Michael Holback tossed two scoreless frames.
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 (pictured at right), who entered the game 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 to .333 while David Armendariz, Jimmy Allen and Hadlock each had two hits – Armendariz knocking in two runs.
Cal Poly scored a season-high 12 hits on a season-high 16 hits. Loyola Marymount, which fell to 2-3, mustered five runs on nine hits.
Cal Poly's 2005, 2006 and 2009 teams also started their seasons 5-1.
Second game of the doubleheader and third game of the series is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cal Poly won Friday's series opener, 9-1.