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March 10, 2012

Shutout by Anderson Powers Cal Poly Baseball Past Washington, 2-0

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – 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 to clinch a three-game non-conference baseball series Saturday night before 1,027 in Baggett Stadium.

Anderson, whose fastball was clocked at 87 and 88 miles per hour throughout the game, threw 126 pitches and did not allow a walk, scattering six hits. He allowed one Washington runner to reach third and one other to reach second, retiring the side in order three times.

Anderson (pictured at right) improved to 3-0 with the win and lowered his ERA to 0.70. His previous career high for strikeouts was six, accomplished against Fresno State in both 2010 and 2011.

Cal Poly, which won Friday's series opener 6-3, has won each of its three weekend series this season and went 2-2 in the Aztec Invitational last weekend, improving to 11-4 with Saturday's victory.

Washington, which entered the series with a six-game winning streak, fell to 9-5.

Cal Poly scored single runs in the second and third innings and Anderson made them stand up as the Huskies never had more than one runner on base.

Sophomore left fielder David Armendariz singled with two outs in the second inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right-center field by freshman designated hitter Alex Michaels.

In the third, sophomore first baseman Tim Wise was hit by a pitch, took second on a Washington throwing error and scored on sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen's single to right-center field.

The Mustangs had other scoring opportunities, leaving the bases loaded in both the second and third frames and stranding runners at third base in both the seventh and eighth innings.

The loss went to Washington right-hander George Asmus (0-1), who allowed both runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings with four walks and one strikeout.

Despite the loss, Washington outhit Cal Poly 6-5, led by left fielder Joe Meggs with a single and double.

The Mustangs' five hits were scattered through the lineup. Miller doubled with one out in the seventh inning for Cal Poly's lone extra-base hit.

Both catchers in the game threw out two baserunners.

Cal Poly's Chris Hoo picked off Husky runner Jayce Ray at second base in the first inning and nailed Meggs trying to steal second base in the sixth.

Washington backstop B.K. Santy picked off Armendariz at second base in the sixth inning and caught Tim Wise trying to steal second base in the first inning.

Cal Poly's last complete game shutout was earned by southpaw Matt Leonard against UC Riverside  on April 21, 2007, a 3-0 Mustang victory. Two months earlier, right-hander Thomas Eager went the distance in an 8-0 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 25, 2007.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday afternoon at 1 in Baggett Stadium. Cal Poly junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (2-0, 4.32 ERA) will face Washington sophomore right-hander Austin Voth (2-0, 5.87 ERA).