Cal Poly Baseball Sweeps San Diego State Doubleheader, Wins Series 3-1
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out nine, as Cal Poly completed a doubleheader sweep against San Diego State on Saturday afternoon with a 7-0 victory in Baggett Stadium.
Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson scattered 10 hits in his second complete game of the season and freshman right fielder Nick Torres produced three hits as Cal Poly defeated San Diego State 7-4 in the opening game of the twinbill.
The sweep gives head coach Larry Lee's Mustangs a 3-1 series win, Cal Poly's fourth series victory in five weekends this season. Cal Poly (16-8) also went 2-2 in the Aztec Invitational three weeks ago.
San Diego State fell to 10-15.
Brueggemann (3-1) (pictured at right) retired the final 16 Aztec batters he faced before giving way to Nick Grim, who struck out two in a perfect ninth inning. Brueggemann did not walk a batter, throwing 110 pitches.
Redshirt freshman first baseman Tommy Pluschkell, in his first collegiate start, went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs to spark Cal Poly offensively.
Junior center fielder Mitch Haniger also had three hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs. He boosted his batting average to .333. Sophomore left fielder David Armendariz added a single and double as the Mustangs outhit San Diego State 11-2.
Travis Pitcher (2-2) suffered the loss for the Aztecs, allowing five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Cal Poly scored single runs in the first two innings on RBI singles by Haniger and Pluschkell, respectively, then broke the game open with three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
An RBI single by Alex Michaels and a run-scoring double by Haniger highlighted the fifth inning while Pluschkell singled in a run and Mike Miller notched a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Miller extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning double and has reached base safely in 23 consecutive games.
In the opener, Anderson (4-1) struck out five and walked one, throwing 152 pitches. He pitched a six-hit complete-game shutout against Washington two weeks ago.
Cal Poly scored four times in the first inning, but San Diego State answered with three runs in the second frame. The Mustangs tallied twice in the third inning for a 6-3 cushion and held on, outhitting the Aztecs 14-10.
Torres drove in one run with his three hits while Miller, Haniger, Armendariz and third baseman Jimmy Allen each added a pair of hits for the Mustangs.
San Diego State was led at the plate by first baseman Jomel Torres with three hits, including a double. Tim Zier and Chris Wilson each added a pair of hits.
Cal Poly's first-inning rally was highlighted by a two-run double down the left-field line by Armendariz. Chris Hoo doubled in a run in the third and scored on Pluschkell's first collegiate hit, an RBI single to left field. Haniger's RBI double in the eighth completed the scoring.
The loss went to Ryan Doran (0-3), who allowed six runs and nine hits in three innings. Adam Anawalt went the rest of the way on the mound for the Aztecs, allowing one run and five hits in five innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Perhaps the defensive play of the year for the Mustangs was turned in by junior second baseman Evan Busby in the sixth inning of the opener.
With a runner at first base, San Diego State designated hitter Seby Zavala grounded sharply to Busby, who dove to his right, snared the ball and, while still in the air, flipped it from his glove to Miller at shortstop for a force play. Miller then threw to first base for a double play.
For the series, Haniger was 7-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI while Miller went 8-for-17 with three doubles and five RBI. Allen had five hits while Armendariz and Torres each added four hits as Cal Poly hit .321 in four games.
San Diego State won the first game of Friday's doubleheader 10-4 and Cal Poly scored five times in the ninth inning of the nightcap for a 6-5 triumph.
The Mustangs open Big West Conference play next weekend, hosting Long Beach State for a three-game series Friday through Sunday in Baggett Stadium.