Wagman, Torres Lead Cal Poly Past Washington, 6-3
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman right fielder Nick Torres drove in five runs with three hits and a groundout while junior right-hander Joey Wagman scattered five hits over eight innings as Cal Poly defeated Washington 6-3 in the opener of a three-game non-conference baseball series Friday night before 1,019 in Baggett Stadium.
Torres doubled in a run in the first inning, tripled down the right-field line for two runs in the third frame, blooped a single between three Washington defenders for an RBI in the fifth and grounded out to third for his final RBI in the seventh.
Torres went 3-for-4 in the game and raised his batting average 29 points to .382.
Wagman allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits over eight innings with four walks and six strikeouts as he improved to 3-1 on the year. He threw 130 pitches before giving way to sophomore right-hander Chase Johnson, who retired the Huskies in the ninth for his second save.
With the win, Cal Poly lifted its record to 10-4. Washington, which had a six-game winning streak snapped, fell to 9-4. The Mustangs are 7-3 at home against Washington, the lone Pac-12 school on Cal Poly's schedule this season, and 12-5 in the all-time series dating back to 1969.
In addition to the three hits by Torres, Cal Poly's 10-hit offensive attack included a single and triple by leadoff man Mike Miller. The senior shortstop is hitting .371 on the year.
Junior center fielder Mitch Haniger also tripled in the game while sophomore first baseman Tim Wise drove in Cal Poly's other run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Washington's five hits included two singles by designated hitter Chase Anselment. The Huskies did not produce an extra-base hit.
The loss went to Washington starter Aaron West (2-1), who gave up four runs (three earned) and seven hits in five innings with seven strikeouts. Zach Wright and Adam Cimber also pitched for the Huskies.
Washington scored twice in the top of the first inning on first baseman Branden Berry's bases-loaded single to third base and Anselment's single to right field. Wagman struck out the final two batters in the inning as the Huskies left the bases loaded.
Cal Poly answered with a run in the bottom of the first on the double to left field by Torres (pictured at left) and took the lead for good in the third on Torres' two-run triple to right.
The bloop single by Torres that fell in right-center field gave the Mustangs a 4-2 cushion in the fifth inning.
Washington closed the gap to a run in the top of the seventh on catcher B.K. Santy's single to right-center field, but Cal Poly answered quickly with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-3 advantage. Miller led off with a triple and scored on the sacrifice fly by Wise. Haniger followed with his triple and came home on the groundout by Torres.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday night at 6 in Baggett Stadium with Cal Poly to send senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (2-0, 1.08 ERA) to the mound against Washington junior right-hander George Asmus (0-0, 1.93 ERA).
Final game of the series is set for Sunday at 1 o'clock.