Washington Salvages Win in Baseball Series Against Cal Poly, 10-5
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Washington parlayed six doubles, a triple and a home run into a 10-5 victory over Cal Poly in the final game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Sunday afternoon in Baggett Stadium.
In salving one win in the series, the Huskies improved to 10-5 on the year. Cal Poly, which won the first two games of the series by 6-3 and 2-0 scores, fell to 11-5 with Sunday's loss.
The Mustangs entered the series finale with an RPI of 18 by Boydsworld and have won all three weekend series so far this season. The Huskies entered the series with a six-game winning streak.
Washington scored seven times in the first three innings, two on a home run by left fielder Michael Camporeale, and never looked back.
Cal Poly scored twice in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by freshman right fielder Nick Torres, his second of the year, and had runners at second and third with out one, but Husky starter Austin Voth (3-0) wriggled out of the jam with a pair of called third strikes.
The Mustangs also tallied a run in the fifth to close the gap to 7-3. Junior second baseman Evan Busby tripled and came home on senior shortstop Mike Miller's groundout, but Cal Poly wasted a two-out double by junior center fielder Mitch Haniger.
Washington re-established its three-run cushion with three runs in the sixth inning, third baseman Jacob Lamb providing the key with a two-run double.
Cal Poly tallied single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Senior catcher Jordan Hadlock singled to drive in the run in the sixth and the Mustangs took advantage of one of three Washington errors for the seventh-inning marker.
Cal Poly used five pitchers in the game. Starter Kyle Brueggemann (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Matt Imhof and Reed Reilly each gave up three earned runs while Nick Grim and Chase Johnson held the Huskies scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings.
Cal Poly's nine hits included a home run and single by Torres and a double and single by Haniger.
Washington collected 12 hits, including two each by Lamb, designated hitter Branden Berry, center fielder Jayce Ray and second baseman Robert Pehl. Both of Lamb's hits were doubles and he had two RBI while Ray drove in three runs for the Huskies.
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 Friday night.
Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson pitched Cal Poly's first complete game shutout in five years with a career-high 11 strikeouts as the Mustangs blanked Washington 2-0 on Saturday night to clinch the series.
For the series, Torres (pictured above) was 6-for-12 with a double, triple and home run, driving in seven runs. He is now hitting .381 for the year. Miller finished 4-for-13 with a double, triple and one RBI, scoring four times to hike his team-leading total to 21.
Cal Poly takes a break for Winter Quarter finals, returning to action Saturday with the opener of another three-game non-conference series against Minnesota (7-8) at 4:35 p.m. PDT in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at Minneapolis. The Gophers fell to Stony Brook 5-4 on Sunday.