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March 3, 2012

No. 22 Cal Poly Baseball Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak with 6-2 Victory

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Freshman right fielder Nick Torres had three hits and two RBI, junior right fielder Mitch Haniger belted a solo home run and redshirt freshman right-hander Reed Reilly pitched 4 2/3 solid innings in relief as No. 22 Cal Poly snapped a modest two-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon.

Reilly (1-0) allowed one run and three hits with no walks and three strikeouts in relief of starter Matt Imhof as Cal Poly improved to 8-3 with the win in the Aztec Invitational at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State.

Milwaukee, facing the Mustangs for the first time, fell to 3-7.

Cal Poly erupted for four runs in the first two innings and never looked back.

Torres (pictured at right) doubled to drive in two runs and sophomore outfielder David Armendariz tripled to knock in another in a three-run first-inning Mustang uprising.

Cal Poly added another run in the second on senior shortstop Mike Miller's RBI single through the left side of the Milwaukee infield.

The Panthers loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning when Reilly relieved Imhof. Reilly gave up a sacrifice fly to leadoff hitter Luke Meeteer but nothing else in the frame.

Haniger belted a no-doubt home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth to restore the four-run Mustang advantage at 5-1. It was Haniger's third home run of the season and he now has 16 RBI in 11 games.

Both teams scored in the eighth as well.

Meeteer tripled and scored on a groundout in the top of the inning for Milwaukee and Miller, hit by a pitch, scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame to complete the scoring.

Imhof gave up one run and two hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out two.

Losing pitcher Justin Jaquish (0-1) surrendered five runs and seven hits in four innings with three walks and no strikeouts.

Torres led Cal Poly's eight-hit offensive attack with two doubles and a single. Haniger added two hits.

Five Milwaukee batters produced one hit each.

Cal Poly wraps up play in the six-team Aztec Invitational on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the University of San Francisco (6-5), with junior right-hander Kyle Brueggeman on the mound for the Mustangs.

The Dons fell 6-1 to San Diego State on Saturday night.