SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Tim Wise belted a three-run home run and Joey Wagman scattered five hits over eight innings as Cal Poly defeated Pacific 7-1 in the opening game of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series Friday night before 1,019 in Baggett Stadium.
The home run by Wise (pictured at right), the third of his Mustang career, all against Pacific, sparked a four-run seventh-inning Mustang rally that broke open a 3-1 contest. The sophomore designated hitter, who homered twice in a 21-0 win over the Tigers a year ago in Stockton, now has three doubles and a home run after his first 25 hits of the season were singles.
Wagman (6-3) struck out two, did not allow a walk and gave up two hits in his final six innings of work after Pacific scored its lone run of the game in the second inning. The junior right-hander retired 10 in a row following Brett Christopher's RBI double.
Cal Poly, which had lost six of its last nine games and had played eight of its last nine contests on the road, improved to 23-17 for the season and 7-6 for fourth place in the Big West with Friday's win. The Mustangs are 16-16 since jumping to a 7-1 start in late February.
Pacific fell to 11-29 and 1-9. Cal Poly has won 12 straight series against the Tigers and beat Pacific for the 21st time in their last 27 meetings.
Wise, who also produced an RBI single in the fifth inning, joined junior center fielder Mitch Haniger and sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen with two hits apiece as Cal Poly outhit Pacific 8-6. Both of Haniger's hits were doubles.
Allen singled to drive in Cal Poly's final run in the seventh inning and senior shortstop Mike Miller grounded out to shortstop to knock in a run in the third frame. Cal Poly's fourth-inning marker was the result of a Pacific double play.
First baseman Erik Lockwood had two hits, both doubles, for Pacific. Third baseman Allen Riley added a triple.
The loss went to Pacific freshman right-hander Michael Benson (2-6), who gave up all seven runs, six earned, and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Sophomore right-hander Michael Holback tossed a scoreless ninth inning for Cal Poly in relief of Wagman, who threw 95 pitches.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday night at 6 o'clock, with Cal Poly to send senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (6-1, 2.47 ERA) to the mound against Pacific sophomore left-hander Kyle Crawford (2-5, 6.63 ERA).
The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.