Cal Poly Baseball Completes Four-Game Series Sweep With 9-6 Win Over LMU
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior shortstop Mike Miller led a 15-hit offensive attack as Cal Poly completed its four-game series sweep against Loyola Marymount with a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon at George C. Page Stadium.
Miller (pictured at right), who collected a triple among his hits, went 11-for-21 in the series to improve his average for the season to .432 and help the Mustangs lift their season mark to 7-1.
Loyola Marymount fell to 2-5.
Cal Poly's 2009 team swept a four-game series against Cal State Bakersfield while the 2003 squad earned a 4-0 mark against Southern Utah for the Mustangs' only other four-game series sweeps in 18 years of Division I play.
The 2009 squad started the year 8-1 en route to an NCAA regional playoff berth, the only Division I postseason experience for the Mustangs so far.
Sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen went 3-for-5 Sunday with one RBI and was 10-for-19 in the series while junior center fielder Mitch Haniger added two hits Sunday and was 8-for-18 in the series with nine RBI.
As a team, Cal Poly hit .346 in the series and outscored Loyola Marymount 36-14. The Mustangs own a .304 team batting average for the season.
Cal Poly scored three times in the second inning and twice more in the fourth for a 5-0 lead, but let it get away as the Lions tallied two in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5.
The Mustangs quickly regained the upper hand, however, with three runs in the seventh highlighted by a bases-loaded RBI single by Allen and a two-run double down the left-field line by sophomore catcher Chris Hoo.
Cal Poly added another run in the eighth on an RBI double by freshman right fielder Nick Torres and made the lead stand up the rest of the way.
Junior right-hander Nick Grim (1-0) pitched three innings in relief of starter Kyle Brueggemann for the win, allowing one unearned run and two hits. Sophomore right-hander Chase Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth for his first save.
Center fielder Zac Fujimoto had three hits and two RBI for Loyola Marymount and catcher Colton Plaia added two hits.
Cal Poly will play four games in the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium next weekend. The Mustangs play San Diego State on Thursday, the University of San Diego on Friday, Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday and the University of San Francisco on Sunday.