SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior right-hander Shawn Stuart pitched a one-hit shutout as Long Beach State clinched its Big West Conference baseball series against Cal Poly with a 4-0 victory Sunday afternoon before 1,336 in Baggett Stadium.
Stuart (2-0), pitching on two weeks rest -- he missed his last start a week ago at Wichita State due to a hamstring injury -- Stuart struck out nine and walked one, allowing a fifth-inning one-out triple to Mustang sophomore left fielder David Armendariz (pictured at right).
In its 18-year Division I history, Cal Poly had never been held to as few as one hit by an opponent until Sunday. No opponent has thrown a no-hitter against the Mustangs since Cal Poly elevated its athletics program to Division I prior to the 1995 season and there have been five two-hitters -- the last in 2009 by USC.
Long Beach State won the three-game series, two games to one, and improved to 10-16 for the season and 2-1 in Big West games. Cal Poly fell to 17-10 and 1-2.
Cal Poly had just three baserunners in the game. In addition to the triple by Armendariz, sophomore designated hitter Tim Wise drew a first-inning walk and was hit by a pitch in the sixth.
Cal Poly, which has won by shutout four times this season, was shut out for the first time Sunday.
Long Beach State jumped on top early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Brennan Metzger, and added another pair of runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Juan Avila and Metzger.
Mustang senior shortstop Mike Miller's 14-game hitting streak came to an end, one day after junior center fielder Mitch Haniger had a 10-game hitting streak snapped. Cal Poly hit just .189 in the series.
Metzger, dropped from the leadoff spot to No. 5 Sunday, had two of Long Beach State's 10 hits and drove in a pair of runs.
The loss went to Mustang junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (3-2), who surrendered four runs (three earned) and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Reed Reilly tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, and Chase Johnson pitched the run-free ninth.
Cal Poly hosts UC Irvine (17-9, 3-0 Big West) for another three-game conference series next weekend (Thursday through Saturday) in Baggett Stadium. The Anteaters completed a series sweep against Pacific with a 6-0 victory Sunday at Anteater Ballpark.