No. 22 Cal Poly Baseball Suffers Second Straight Loss in Aztec Invitational
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and held on to beat No. 22 Cal Poly 5-4 on the second day of play in the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State on Friday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Mustang junior center fielder Mitch Haniger belted a three-run home run, his second of the season, in the seventh inning to close the gap to a single run, but Cal Poly couldn't break through in the final two frames, dropping its second in a row for the first time this season.
Both teams are 7-3. San Diego has won its last six games against the Mustangs, but Cal Poly still holds a 29-28 edge in the series.
Junior right-hander Joey Wagman allowed one hit in four scoreless innings before running into trouble in both the fifth and sixth frames as San Diego rallied for five runs on six hits.
In suffering his first loss of the season, Wagman (2-1) did not walk a batter and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings, but hit three Torero batters. Sophomore right-hander Michael Holback tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames in relief of Wagman.
Cal Poly outhit San Diego 12-8, led by senior shortstop Mike Miller (pictured above) with three singles. Freshman right fielder Nick Torres and redshirt freshman designated hitter Jordan Brower each added two hits.
Sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen contributed an RBI double in the third inning to give Cal Poly a 1-0 lead and Haniger's three-run shot in the eighth was the Mustangs' only other extra-base hit.
First baseman Bryan Haar and shortstop Andrew Daniel each had two hits for San Diego.
The win was earned by San Diego sophomore right-hander Calvin Drummond (3-0), who gave up four runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. James Pazos tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Michael Wagner pitched the ninth for his fifth save, allowing one walk.
Cal Poly stranded 11 runners on the basepaths.
Cal Poly faces Milwaukee (3-6) on Saturday at 3 p.m. with freshman southpaw Matt Imhof (1-0, 2.89 ERA) to face Milwaukee right-hander Cale Tassi (0-0, 0.68 ERA), the reigning Horizon League pitcher of the week.
The Panthers, who rallied from a 5-1 deficit with five runs in the ninth innintg to beat San Francisco 6-5 Thursday, fell 7-4 to San Diego State on Friday night.